Tanning can increase the risk of skin cancer and with our fast paced lifestyles we can sometimes not think about the ill effects of convenience. Tanning beds are made from plutonium, some types of radium and UV rays that mimic the sun. Excessive tanning also breaks down DNA in the skin cells, dries it out, reduces elasticity and makes the skin look like leather. Women who use a tanning bed twice a month or more are seventy five percent more likely to develop a malignant melanoma.
There was a time when tanning beds were thought to be a safe alternative to natural tanning. This is no longer the case. A report from the National Cancer Institute shows over one million people are diagnosed with Melanoma in the United States every year. Americans over the age of sixty five are twice as likely to have melanoma as people who are younger.
Individuals who expose themselves to artificial and ultraviolet rays on a long term basis greatly increase the risk of getting skin cancer. Why risk your health or spend your money on tanning methods that can adversely affect your health. Even if you don’t use a tanning bed more than once a month you will be exposed to harsh chemicals and toxic residues that are used to clean the tanning bed. These solutions can cause rashes, allergic reactions, itching and skin irritations.
If the tanning bed isn’t cleaned properly, patrons run the risk of catching an infection from bacterial buildup. To avoid this problem many women have turned to tanning lotions and sprays. These are not always safe either as they contain chemicals which can block the pores of the skin and cause irritation.
The best way to avoid skin cancer is to limit your time in the sun, wear clothing that will block out harmful rays, avoid tanning beds and keep your skin moisturized. If you notice any lumps, skin sore that won’t heal, bumps under your skin, or a mole that has changed color, size or shape seek medical attention immediately.
Your health care professional will examine your skin, take x-rays and do a biopsy of the area if needed. These tests will help the doctor determine if you have a melanoma or a benign tumor. Fortunately skin cancer is one of the easier cancers to remove and cure. Most patients make a full recovery without any further complications.
by Joel Gray