A recent study published in Dermatology Daily featured new National Cancer Institute findings, specifically that, even if you don’t burn while using a tanning bed, you still increase your risk of melanoma and skin cancer.
The aforesaid study compared 1,167 melanoma patients with 1,101 individuals without cancer but who were otherwise similar in skin tone, lifestyle and more. The study found that 78% of those with melanoma reported using tanning salons, while just 40% of those without cancer did. “There is no safe way to tan,” the journal explained, “Tanning is a biological response to damage to the DNA.”
Top board-certified Connecticut dermatologist Dr. Ronald Savin of The Savin Center in New Haven agrees with the findings published in Dermatology Daily. “Tanning, even if you don’t burn, is always dangerous,” says Dr. Savin. “This is because tanning causes changes in skin cells, which leads to skin cancer. Tanning salons are so dangerous because of the high levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. In addition, there are so many safe ways to get a natural-looking, bronze glow, from spray tans to self-tanner. There is no need to dramatically increase your risk of skin cancer to look tanner.”
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