Are Tanning Beds Safe?

Tanning beds are all the rage, even in the summer time. Everyone wants a nice skin color but are tanning beds safe?

Here’s a question that I got from a reader.

Q: I want to get a nice color for summer and heard that tanning beds aren’t safe. Is that true?

A: The rays that you get in tanning beds by sunbathing is just as damaging to your skin and may cause skin cancer and premature aging of your skin. A study featured in April 2010 Archives of Dermatology found that people who used indoor tanning salons freqeuntly may have been more prone to anxiety  than those who sunned outside.

So more research published in May 2010 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention showed that individuals who used tanning beds had a 74 percent increased risk of melanoma.

In the June 2007 issue of the International Journal of Cancer stated that the risk of melanoma rises by 75% when people used tanning devices before the age of 30.

People that use tanning beds are also at a higher risk of squamous cell and basal cell cancer.

So yes, tanning beds aren’t safe.

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