Essay On Tanning

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Do tanning (ultraviolet light based) treatments increase your risk of skin cancer? People from all over the world have always loved to spend time in the sun to get the nice tan color to their bodies. Tanning is what happens when one spends too much time out in the sun. When someone tans, he or she receives a darker shade to their skin tone than what they truly are. The person’s skin tone usually takes a couple of weeks, sometimes even a couple of months to go back to what their regular skin tone originally was. However, Tanning has always been considered to be very dangerous because being out in the sun for too long leads to cancer. Particularly, skin cancer. This has been scientifically proven time and time again, which is why a scientist…show more content…
Although it takes years for the cancer to show up in people’s system and although it takes years for it to affect the victim, it is still very much alive amongst the person’s body. This affects adults especially because most adults will begin to disregard the fact that tanning has consequences because they are at later stages in life and the fact that the skin cancer does not show up for years gives them the confidence that by the time that the cancer shows up they will already be in their later stages in life. Another reason why it affects adults differently is because adults don not fully understand the capabilities or the consequences that come with using the tanning beds. As stated by Victoria Advocate in her article: “Lykes urges his patients to be cautious if they do choose to use a tanning bed, because tanning beds are a relatively new innovation. "The sun has been around for billions of years, so we know pretty much what it does," he said. "The tanning booths have only been around for a short time, and we don't know the full impact of what they do yet." (Advocate 1). This goes to show that many people are exposed to skin cancer because most people do not have full understanding of what it causes. This is especially true when it comes to adults because for most of their lives when growing up, they were used to…show more content…
The use of tanning beds most definitely increases the chance of being diagnosed with skin cancer because the UV rays are constantly being poured into one’s body all at once whereas when one is out in the sun, the sun’s rays are poured into the body, but not the whole body all at once. This is what causes the body to be exposed to skin cancer. The fact that it is always exposed to the UV rays while the person is inside of the tanning bed. If anyone wants to get a tan, it is recommended that one does not use tanning beds. Although it is still dangerous to tan in general, it is more dangerous to tan in a tanning bed for all of the reasons written about here. Works Cited
"CON: Tanning beds can cause cancers, skin damage." Victoria Advocate [Victoria, TX], 3 June 2012. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Accessed 27 Oct. 2017.
Rodriguez, Vivian et al. “Friendly tanning: young adults' engagement with friends around indoor tanning”. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Aug2017, Vol. 40 Issue 4, p631-640. 10p. EbscoHost. Accessed 26 Oct. 2017.
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“Skin Cancer Foundation.” Study Finds More Skin Cancer Cases Due to Indoor Tanning than Lung Cancer Cases Due to
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