Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) — As summer is rolling in, people are getting ready to hit the beach for long sunny days and to get the perfect tan. But some have found indoor-tanning salons as an alternative to outdoor-tanning. The obsession with many Americans to achieve the golden sun-kissed look comes with dire consequences. Recent studies show as this trend increases so does the rate of Americans diagnosed with Melanoma – the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
Because of recent studies that link Melanoma and tanning beds, the Indoor Tanning Association has obtained a disreputable representation. The study concluded that women who use indoor-tanning are 55% more likely to develop malignant Melanoma. The tanning industries have shown advertisements that claim these recent studies supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) as hype. As Vitamin D is attained through exposure to the sun it is also gained from the UV rays within tanning beds. The Indoor Tanning Association uses this fact as the staple of their advertisements. However this benefit from tanning beds is not worth the dangerous complications and risks involved in the aftermath of indoor-tanning. Dermatologists recommend sun exposure without sunscreen for ten to fifteen minutes twice a week as a safer method to gain the essential Vitamin D.
The AAD has recently advertised to provide information for teens and young women as a part of their new campaign against indoor-tanning. The ads state that UV Rays from tanning beds can be up to fifteen times stronger than the sun. The bronzed summer-glow from tanning beds fades while the risks that are involved could last a lifetime. If Americans begin to consider the complications associated with indoor-tanning, we can all achieve healthier lives.
For more information on indoor-tanning and its deadly risks check out the following links:
Indoor-tanning – Catch a Deadly Ray?
Time to re-think tanning?