The New York Times recently took a look at the indoor tanning world, and the results weren’t pretty. A review of scientific evidence published in 2014 estimated that tanning beds account for as many as 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the United States each year. Included in those result were 6,000 cases of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
The incidence rate of melanoma in women under 40 has risen by a third since the early 1990’s, according to the National Cancer Institute. Especially at risk are Caucasian teenage girls, a full third of whom have tanned indoors. These findings from last year caused the Surgeon General to call on Americans to reduce their exposure to the sun and tanning beds.
The conclusion that indoor tanning causes skin cancer — including melanoma — is undeniable. The World Health Organization found in 2009 that the use of sun beds before the age of 30 was associated with a 75% increased risk of melanoma and as few as four tanning bed sessions increases the risk of skin cancer by 15%.
Some other facts from The New York Times include:
-There are more tanning salons in Florida then there are McDonald’s restaurants.
-Half of the country’s top 125 colleges have tanning beds on campus or in off-campus housing.
-The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national youth survey found that indoor tanning is often associated with binge drinking and unhealthy weight-control practices.
For the complete article, head over to The New York Times.