Do tanning beds cause CANCER??

I’ve always liked spending time in the sun.  I like the way sunshine makes me feel and I like the way I look with a tan.  Unfortunately for at least half the year it is way too cold outside to be tanning and that’s why I often frequent tanning beds about once or twice a month in the winter.

Many people are quick to tell me how I am giving myself cancer… which I wholeheartedly disagree with.  Dr. Mercola wrote a very informative article about the real effect of tanning beds on cancer. Check out his article here.  If you’re in a hurry, here’s my summary below 🙂

The increased risk of cancer is EXAGGERATED.

  • Many articles and doctors love to quote the study that found people who had used a tanning bed before the age of 35 increase their risk of melanoma by 75%.
  • This is an accurate finding however it is completely EXAGGERATED.
  • A person who does not tan has less than 2/10 of a 1% chance of developing melanoma.  A person who does tan has less than 3/10 of a 1% chance of developing melanoma.  So yes, the risk of developing cancer does increase… but it is still less than 1%!!

tanning2The Vitamin D from tanning beds may actually PREVENT illness.

  • Using tanning beds increases your body’s level of Vitamin D.  Vitamin D has been shown to protect you from infectious diseases and non-cancerous diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and mental disorders
  • It could be argued that the increased protection from these disorders would be worth the less than 1% chance of developing skin cancer.

Not all tanning beds are created equal.

  • Safe tanning beds generate less UVA rays than the sun while unsafe tanning beds generate more UVA rays than the sun.
    • UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays and are therefore more potentially harmful.
  • Safe tanning beds use electronic ballasts to generate light while unsafe tanning beds use magnetic ballasts to generate light.
    • Magnetic ballasts create a high level of EMF (Electromagnetic Fields) which could potentially lead to cancer
  • So when choosing your tanning bed look for ones that emit a lower level of UVA rays and use electronic ballasts!

How you tan MATTERS.

  • Don’t tan excessively and don’t tan to the point of burning.  Be smart and be safe!

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4 Comments on “Do tanning beds cause CANCER??

  1. Awesome!!! I’ve stopped using the beds because I’ve heard such horrible stories from co workers etc. sign me up because I love the feeling of a tanning session in the winter!! Thanks a bunch 🙂

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