Is The US On The Verge Of Banning Tanning Beds?

Tanning bedsThese days the news is full of depressing stories and headlines and I find myself tuning out.  But, I recently came across a segment on CBS about the dangers of tanning beds that really caught my attention.

Now, I know there is constantly new research and studies about the damage that the sun can cause and if you haven’t figured out by now that the sun is not your best friend then maybe these statistics will do the trick.

I have been hearing horror stories from my grandmother since I was a child.  And even today, I have stood by her through many bouts at the dermatologist getting skin cancer removed.

But did you know…

Research has found that indoor tanning is to blame for more than 170,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer in the United States each year.  But even more shocking is that a quarter of melanoma skin cancer survivors are still going out into the sun with absolutely NO protection.

 Fool me once-shame on you; fool me twice-you’re asking for it.

Non-melanoma skin cancers make up the most common form of the disease in the U.S.

This accounts for 2 million new cases each year!

One of the most extensive studies ever done on non-melanoma skin cancer patients recently released the following findings:

“Analysis revealed that compared with those who never used indoor tanning; indoor tanning was associated with a 67% risk increase for developing squamous cell carcinoma and a 29% higher risk of developing basal cell carcinoma.”

Translation: cancers that may not be lethal, but could cause some serious disfigurement.

The study also stated that indoor tanning contributes to more than 72,000 cases of squamous cell carcinoma and more than 98,000 cases of basal cell carcinoma.

And patients who were exposed to indoor tanning before age 25 were at a greater risk for basal cell carcinoma.  This is a slow-growing cancer that is the most common type of non-melanoma skin cancer in the U.S. in people over 40 years old.

Apparently the U.S. is the last to take these statistics into consideration.

Currently, there are about 19,000 indoor tanning businesses in the U.S. and growing.  Australia and Europe have already led the way in banning tanning beds for children and teenagers, and Brazil has completely banned tanning beds for all ages.

Some will argue that the UV exposure, whether from the sun or a sunbed, has many benefits.  They might make the point that indoor tanning provides vitamin D which has been tied to protective health benefits.

But like my mom always says, everything is good in moderation…except for Chocolate.

Are you surprised by these statistics?  Will you use tanning bed still?

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Emily Andrews is the Editor-In-Chief of SelfTanning.com. As you can imagine, Emily loves anything and everything having to do with self tanning! She's also a big fan of shopping (duh), tiny Yorkies and football.