The Facts About Tanning


No one should go to tanning salons, let alone a child. A recent study showed that children of women who tan indoors are more likely to be indoor tanners themselves. The study found that young women whose first indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanning experience is with their mothers are more than 4.6 times more likely to become heavy tanners.

Here are the facts on indoor tanning:

  • Indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.1
  • People who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma.2
  • Ten minutes in a sunbed matches the cancer-causing effects of 10 minutes in the Mediterranean summer sun.3
  • Nearly 30 million people tan indoors in the U.S. every year4; 2.3 million of them are teens.5


  1. Lazovich D, Vogel RI, Berwick M, Weinstock MA, Anderson KE, Warshaw EM. Indoor tanning and risk of melanoma: a case-control study in a highly-exposed population. Cancer Epidem Biomar Prev 2010 June; 19(6):1557-1568.
  2. Karagas MR, Stannard VA, Mott LA, Slattery MJ, Spencer SK, and Weinstock MA. Use of tanning devices and risk of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers. J Natl Cancer Inst 2002; 94:224; doi:10.1093/jnci/94.3.224.
  3. World Health Organization. Sunbeds. World Health Organization. 2010. Link. Accessed October 25, 2010.
  4. Kwon HT, Mayer JA, Walker KK, Yu H, Lewis EC, Belch GE. Promotion of frequent tanning sessions by indoor tanning facilities: two studies. J Am Acad Dermatol 2003; 46:700-5.
  5. Demierre MF. Time for the national legislation of indoor tanning to protect minors.Arch Dermatol 2003; 139:520-4.