What do these things have in common, you ask? Cancer. Scientists now have determined unequivocally that the ubiquitous tanning parlors pose a very real danger, particularly to the tanning public of under the age of 30. In an AP article found in the Salt Lake Tribune, the risk of ultraviolet light used in tanning beds as been upgraded from "probable carcinogens" to a definite cancer causing activity. A recent international journal, Lancet Oncology, completed an analysis of about 20 studies , and concluded the risk of skin cancer increases by 75 percent when people begin visiting tanning beds before age 30.
Tanning beds emit mainly ultraviolet radiation, which causes skin and eye cancer. With the increased popularity of tanning parlors with people under 30, doctors have noticed a rise in the numbers of young people with skin cancer, though most types of skin cancer are benign. Even more concerning, however, there has been a 20 percent increase in deadly melanoma cancer during this time.
The advice these reasearchers give to the tanning public: Try bronzing creams or spray on "fake bake" applications. If you really must look bronze, don’t risk skin cancer. Parents should make sure there teens are aware of these risks before they follow this deadly trend.