Tanning facts and risks
Indoor tanning is dangerous: Tanning beds don’t offer a safe alternative to sunlight; they raise the risk for skin cancers.
Tanning damages all types of skin: Even if your skin type is not fair, tanning causes DNA injury that can lead to premature aging and skin cancer.
Are tanning salons bad for you?
Every time you tan or burn, you also damage the DNA in your skin. The more you damage your DNA, the greater your risk of getting skin cancer. Women who tan indoors before they turn 30 are 6 times more likely to get melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer. Getting enough vitamin D from tanning beds isn’t possible.
Is using a tanning bed a few times bad?
Tanning beds are not safer than lying out in the sun. In fact, people who have ever used a tanning bed have a 67 percent increased risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma and a 29 percent increased risk of developing basal cell carcinoma.
Are tanning beds worse than Sun?
Outdoor Sun Tanning – Even though it’s natural, exposure to sunlight is still damaging to your skin. One bad sunburn can more than double an individual’s chances of developing skin cancer. Avoid the sun midday when the rays are the strongest. Tanning beds emit roughly 12 times more UVA light than natural sunlight.
Can fake tan give you cancer?
Does fake tan affect cancer risk? Sunburn can greatly increase your risk of skin cancer. And neither a sun tan nor a fake tan will protect your skin from too much UV. Even if your fake tan says it contains sunscreen, use shade clothing and sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and 4 or 5 stars to protect your skin.
Are there any benefits to tanning beds?
Several health benefit claims such as improved appearance, enhanced mood, and increased vitamin D levels have been attributed to tanning. Furthermore, the Indoor Tanning Association claims that “catching some rays may lengthen your life” . Exposure to sunlight has been linked to improved energy and elevated mood.
How often do people get skin cancer from tanning beds?
Researchers estimate that indoor tanning may cause upwards of 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year.