Fake Tanning Bed Essay

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According to studies, people spend more time preparing to look good, while others are emotionless on how they look. Fake tanning has been around since the early 1900’s. In the 1920’s is when the idea of using a tanning bed became popular. Once tans became popular, sunburn was unavoidable, and soon the search was on for a project that would allow burn-free tanning. Meanwhile, researchers were studying how tanning beds are a danger to people’s health.
On an average day 35% of American adults, 59% of college students, and 17% of teens report that they use a tanning bed five times a week (Heller). Based on the high number of people using a tanning bed, the authors estimated that there are more than 400,000 cases of skin cancer each year in the
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Skin cancer forms when there is any exposure to UV radiation (Cancer). The skin cells turn to cancer cells if there is too much UV radiation. The skin cancer appears in the top or outer layer of the skin (Cancer). If the body is unable to repair the damage the cell can begin to divide and uncontrollably grow. The growth will soon develop a tumor (Cancer). UVA and UVB both apply to sunburn, skin ageing, eye damage, melanoma, and other skin cancers (Cancer).
More than 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer were treated in over 3.3 million people in the United States in 2012 (Skin). And more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. because of tanning beds. One in five people who use a tanning bed with develop skin cancer. Also, the annual cost of treating skin cancers is estimated at $8.1 billion (Skin). However, actinic keratosis is the most common cancer and it affects more than 58 million Americans
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An estimated 9,320 people will die of melanoma in 2018 and most of them will be men (Skin). A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has tanned in a tanning bed at least one time. If you use a SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent (Skin). Women who are age 49 and under are more likely to develop melanoma than any other cancer. However, the majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are caucasian men over age 55 (Skin).
Indoor tanning among U.S. high school students increased by 53 percent between 2009 and 2015 (Skin). Women who have used a tanning bed are more likely to get melanoma in their 20’s than women who have never used a tanning bed (Skin). One study says that 63 women diagnosed with melanoma before age 30 got skin cancer and 97 percent of them used a tanning bed (Skin). If you use a tanning bed you are 75 percent likely to get a form of skin cancer. Therefore, you are aging your skin by 90 percent by using a tanning bed (Skin).
Tanning beds have a sizeable amount of dangers, but people choose to still use them. Tanning beds puts you at risk for burning your cornea and developing skin cancers. Today tanning beds are available everywhere for people. However, people are also available to spray tans and lotions. In conclusion, tanning beds are unsafe to use and have multiple

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