Skin cancer is very serious and there are certain activities that can really be quite impactful when it comes to getting skin cancer. If you’re young and using a tanning bed, I’d suggest you steer clear from here on out!
Indoor Tanning Is Terrible For You
According to a local Oklahoma based news station, News 9, women under the age of 40 that start using indoor tanning at a young age may be putting themselves at risk of later being diagnosed with melanoma. This was first reported in a study conducted by a group of University of Minnesota researchers. The study was conducted by DeAnn Lazovich who is an an associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University.
The study consisted of 681 patients that were previously diagnosed with melanoma between 2004 and 2007. The study also included individuals that were not diagnosed with skin cancer, 654 to be exact, and who were between the ages of 25 and 49. Majority of the individuals that were diagnosed with melanoma were women, approximately 68.3 percent of them.
According to the researchers, they were able to determine that using indoor tanning beds caused the chances of developing melanoma to increase between two and six times.
It’s far too common for a young female high school and college students to frequent indoor tanning beds in hopes of intensifying their skin in an attempt to look perfectly bronze. What they may not realize is that they are settling for the short term pleasure of having glowing skin and are putting themselves at risk long term.
I always recommend that individuals put forth best efforts in an attempt to reduce the amount of UV exposure they consume daily. That means staying out of indoor tanning beds as well as using a skin care product that contains sunscreen which can protect you from UV rays. I don’t mean just using it when you’re hitting the beach in your swimsuit either. I’m referring to using it every single day. If you want your skin to look young and healthy for a long time, then you’ve got to take care of it. Start when you’re young. It just might help you save your life.