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Tanning Beds and Melanoma

Posted May 24, 2011 in Home

Tanning Beds FAQ

It’s that time of year again…Prom season! Strapless gowns are  leaving teen girls wanting that glowing bronzed skin for the event. But so many aren’t “in the know” or educated with the facts. It is so important to understand the risks of tanning beds and the dangers of melanoma. Read along with your teen daughter or son the myths and truths of the “healthy tanned look”.

Teen Myth #1: Skin cancer only affects people over 40.

Real Deal: In the December 2008 issue of Skin &Aging  magazine, melanoma is the most diagnosed cancer in adults 25-29 and the #1  cause of cancer death among 15-20 year olds.

Teen Myth #2: Tanned skin looks healthier then pale skin.

Real Deal: Tanned skin is DAMAGED skin. There is NO safe sun/tanning bed.

Teen Myth #3: Tanning beds are safer then natural sun.

Real Deal: Tanning beds expose you to four times the amount of UVA rays and two times the amount of UVB rays as being in the sun.  People don’t always feel the UVA rays on the surface of their skin, but they contribute to the aging and potential cancer on your skin.

Teen Myth #4: You ONLY need to wear SPF on a sunny day.

Real Deal: UVA rays are always around, all year long.  They shine through clouds and windows and reflect off of concrete, snow and grass.

ABCDEs: Signs of Melanoma

A-Asymmetry:  Early melanomas are asymmetrical.  One half is unlike the other half.  One side raised, the other not.

B-Borders:  Irregular/uneven shape

C-Color:  Brown, black or tan are first signs of melanoma

D-Diameter:  Melanomas spread or grow larger then common moles..PAY ATTENTION!!

E-Evolving:  ANY change in color, size, shape and feel.

So, to all the young adults, take the time to educate yourself on the dangers of tanning.  Protect your skin daily and realize that pale skin is healthy and beautiful.