Did you know that tanning salons outnumber Starbucks and McDonalds in some of the largest American cities? It's a scary sign of the times. With 30 million people indoor tanning every year, and about 70 percent of those being young women, it's absolutely vital to know the facts, and keep your skin protected at all times with a broad spectrum sunscreen. Indoor tanning is not only dangerous – it's deadly:
- People who use indoor tanning beds are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.*
- People who use indoor tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma.*
- 2.3 million of the 30 million people who tan indoors in the U.S. every year are teens.*
- Like Tan Mom/Like Tan Daughter: According to skincancer.org, a recent indoor tanning study showed that children of women who tan indoors are more likely to be indoor tanners themselves. The study found that young women whose first indoor tanning experience is with their mothers are more than 4.6 times more likely to become heavy tanners themselves.
- Ten minutes in a tanning bed matches the cancer-causing effects of 10 minutes in the Mediterranean summer sun.*
- The International Agency for Research on Cancer has recently shifted indoor tanning beds to the highest cancer risk category: "carcinogenic to humans." (They were formerly classified as "probably carcinogenic to humans.")**
Have you ever used a tanning bed? Are you a former user who has switched to self-tanning or embraced a "no tan" look? Share your story in the comments!
* Source: American Academy of Dermatology
** Source: The International Agency for Research on Cancer