The Dangers Of Tanning Bed

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Most people love the feeling of being tan. It makes them feel confident with themselves due to the tan, sun kissed looking skin all year round, but do they know the dangers of the tanning bed? The tanning bed has many dangers and I am not a huge fan due to all the dangerous effects of it. The CDC states that “A tan is the body’s response to injury from UV rays. A base tan does little to protect you from future damage to your skin cause by UV exposure” (“Indoor Tanning Is Not Safe”). Whether it is damage to the eyes or damage to the skin, it is still very highly discouraged by me and many other people. With many cases of skin cancer reported due to the use tanning bed, it is a very risk accessory for the people using it without them even realizing …show more content…
A scary factor of the tanning bed is that “Tanning beds can produce UV levels up to 100 times what you would get from the sun, which can cause serious damage to the external and internal structures of the eye and eyelids” (“Indoor Tanning Eye Safety”). Many tanning salons have eye goggles you can purchase but most people do not buy them because they can produce tan lines around the eyes. No one wants to walk around with big white circle around their eyes so they decide not to purchase them. The UV damage can lead to cataracts and cancer in the uvea which is the middle layer of tissue under the white of the eye. Tanning beds can also aid in the production macula degeneration which is damage to the retina and pterygium which is tissue growth on the white part of the eye. Though tanning beds make people feel better about themselves they are very dangerous to the skin and …show more content…
According to Dr. Len in The Verdict Is In: Tanning Beds Cause Cancer “A new report released today by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is short, sweet and to the point: tanning devices are a Class I cause of cancer in humans” (Dr. Lichtenfeld). Many different things can skin cause cancer but the tanning bed is one of the most common. Skin cancer if caught in time, can be burned off by a dermatologist and prevented. Though many people know this, they still use the tanning bed and it is usually too late to get help prevent it. Cancer is not a thing to joke about. Thousands of people die from cancer year round. Everyone knows there is not a cure for cancer so why would they want to increase their risk of getting any kind of cancer? Sure there are treatments such as chemo, but that does not give the person a 100% for sure cure. Later on in the article, Dr. Len states, “As noted in the IARC report, the risk of melanoma is increased 75% in those people who start using tanning beds before the age of 30” (Dr. Lichtenfeld). Melanoma is the worst type of skin cancer you could possibly get. Basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers are not as life threating as melanoma and can be most of the time cured with an excision. If someone could prevent themselves from getting melanoma, why would they increase the risk of getting it by using the tanning bed? Tanning beds

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