GUEST BLOGGER: Sophia Bernazzani
While everyone wants a beach-ready body by the start of summer, you may want to reconsider that next indoor tanning session. Although the risks associated with excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays are well documented and include everything from sunburns to skin cancer, according to the World Health Organization, myths still abound about the supposed safety of indoor tanning. Indoor tanning is thought to be safer than traditional sun tanning, to help prevent sunburns and to be completely unrelated to melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Besides, only women and old people are at risk for skin cancer, right?
Wrong. Just like sun tanning, indoor tanning involves UV rays, which are the primary culprit behind melanoma, according to the American Cancer Society. Research from the journal Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine indicates that indoor tanning slightly increases your risk of subsequent sunburns. Not only does research from the American Journal of Public Health find indoor tanning partially to blame for an increase in melanoma among young adult women over the last decade, but it’s men, not women, who have the highest risk for skin cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
“The Truth About Indoor Tanning,” an interactive graphic from Georgetown University’s online family nurse practitioner program, explodes these myths about indoor tanning and UV rays just in time for summer. Share it with the misinformed, young tanners in your life today