tanning bed
Tanning bed

They appeared in the first part of the 20th century as a means of medical research. In light of doctor’s warnings about solar radiation, tanning beds gained popularity in the 1970s as a supposedly healthy alternative to tanning. Despite claims to offer a safe alternative, the truth about the dangers has finally come to light about the danger of skin cancer from tanning beds.

What studies are there about skin cancer from tanning beds?

Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises that we avoid artificial UV sources like tanning beds altogether. According to the FDA, solar lamps can be more dangerous than the sun. Unlike the sun, tanning beds, when used with the same intensity every day of the year, have a greater exposure to health risks. The problem is intensity: UV radiation from tanning beds is 10 to 15 times stronger than sunlight, says Dr. Darrell Rigel, a professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine.

And not only that, but if you’ve ever used them, your risk of skin cancer from tanning beds is higher right now, even if you haven’t stepped foot in a tanning bed in years.

Yale scientists estimate that people who spent more than 10 sessions in these human microwaves are 34 percent more likely to develop melanoma at some point in their lives than those who have never set foot in a tanning salon. artificial is responsible for more than 170,000 new cases of non-melanocytic skin cancer each year in the United States, and many more worldwide. On the other hand, young people who frequent tanning salons before the age of 25 have a significantly higher risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, compared to those who have never used tanning beds.

What risks do we run?

  • Skin cancer risk: Both natural and artificial UV radiation increase the risk of developing skin cancer from tanning beds and also puts the eyes at risk for cataracts and corneal burns.
  • Premature aging: The skin loses elasticity and can develop premature wrinkles.
  • Immune Suppression: UVB radiation can negatively affect the body’s immune system, leaving it more vulnerable to disease.