Many people will do anything to be tan, but what they do not realize is they are damaging themselves severely. Teenagers, and a lot of adults, need to avoid indoor tanning, apply sunscreen every two hours while in the sun, and try to stay away from excessive amounts of time in the sun. Because people are not aware of what can happen to themselves if they do not care for their skin, many cases of skin cancer caused by tanning beds are diagnosed. “Indoor tanning with UV radiation lamps or beds has been linked to three types of skin cancer” (Devon). The society has set the standard of beauty as tanned skin, so people go to tanning beds during the winter.
People should never risk their lives using a tanning bed because of the damage it can cause your skin and health. Sunburns and tans are both extremely dangerous for your skin. The UVA and USB rays can cause cancer. Tanning beds produce fifteen times more UV radiation than the sun. Doctor Stephanie Christian found brownish spots, which is solar lentigines forming in patients as young as seventeen years old.
Many people think that is it possible to achieve a “healthy tan,” but this thought has been proven wrong. Overexpose to UV-A and UV-B rays from the sun lead to premature aging of the skin, as well as the possible formation of skin cancer, know as melanoma. An appearance of a tan is actually a stage of burning and damage to the skin. Although a tan may be desirable to many, the fact remains that more people need to be educated on the dangers of the sun’s harmful rays, and the possible health complications of overexposure. There are three main types of skin cancer.
Melanoma skin cancer is a cancer that Americans should be more aware of and should take greater precautions when exposing their skin to the sun. Melanoma skin cancer has multiple causes. The biggest and newest cause of melanoma skin cancer is a result of tanning in salon tanning beds. As said by Zoe D. Draelos, MD, FAAD, consulting professor, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC “What they may not realize is that no matter whether you tan or burn, a tan from the sun or tanning beds damages the skin and may cause wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer.” Now more than ever every day routines consist of going to the tanning salon. Adults are beginning to take their children to start tanning at young ages exposing them to the UV radiation that causes melanoma.
Looking for a warm glow? More than 1 million Americans choose to tan indoors each day. However, many of these people are unaware of just how dangerous tanning is even though they are warned about the effects frequently. Recent studies have shown that there are more cases of skin cancer linked with tanning than there are cases of lung cancer linked with smoking. Tanning is a fast way to get darker skin.
Most people know that it is bad for them, but they continue to do it anyways. There are many problems with tanning. For example, it can cause skin cancer, it is detrimental to people's health, it can be expensive, and it can cause the aging process to accelerate. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, tanning can cause many different forms of skin cancer, some of which can be fatal. The two main types of skin cancer are melanoma and non-melanoma.
This year, people might want to think twice before slipping into a tanning bed to maintain a bronzed glow on your skin. The amount of UVA rays/light emitted from the tanning beds are concerning people that frequently tan because of the damage it does to their skin. In the 1980’s, after it was revealed in tanning beds, the bulbs in the beds could cause serious damage to the skin and eyes in less than 1 minute of exposure (Levine). There are two types of UVA rays involved in the tanning process - UVA and UVB. UVB rays are the primary culprit behind health risks associated with both indoor and outdoor tanning, and UVA rays are relatively weak, but long rays that penetrate deep into the skin (Levine).
People need to know what they are doing to themselves before they put themselves in a tanning bed. Many people choose not to acknowledge all of the harmful effects that tanning can have on your body. They think that it won’t happen to them. But, I will give facts and statistics to show that everyone is at risk of the possible outcomes that come from using a tanning bed. There are 1 million new cases of skin cancer found each year (“No Teen tanning” 1).
There are many instances when people don’t know they have pancreas cancer until it’s too late. When this happens, the survival rate is very low, which is also why pancreas cancer is referred to as a “Stealth Killer.” Doctors advise that if you have a chance in getting pancreas cancer, whether it’s because your family has experienced it or if have one the main risk factors, and you have the symptoms, you might want to get your yearly checkup earlier than usual, otherwise it’ll be too late for doctors to cure you completely of pancreas cancer if you turn out to have it.
Getting some sun is essential to human health despite the risks of the skin cancer. There is much more benefits that come with the exposure to the sun than harm. Vitamin D that our body produces when we are exposed to the sun is very efficient in curing so many diseases. It protects from arthritis, diabetes, infectious diseases, multiple sclerosis and some kinds of cancer, just to name a few. It has been proven that the Earth’s atmosphere blocks 98.7 percent of the sun’s UV rays.