ABC World News reported, “Here’s a surprising fact we learned. There are more tanning salons in America than there are Starbucks. It is a huge, booming business. But some members of Congress warned today that it is also built on massive deception.” Continue reading
Indoor tanning beds may be even more likely to cause skin cancer than previously believed. New research published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology suggests that the main type of ultraviolet rays used in tanning beds – UVA1 – may penetrate to a deep layer of skin that is most vulnerable to the cancer-causing changes caused by UV rays. Continue reading
California has become the first state to ban teenagers under the age of 18 from using tanning beds. I suspect there will be more. Continue reading
A recent survey is revealing that a majority of young women admit to using tanning by both the use of tanning beds and basking in the sun. Both are potentially dangerous, a fact not realized by many who tan. Continue reading
USA Today reports, “Since 1992, rates of melanoma – once considered an old person’s disease – have risen 3% a year in white women ages 15 to 39, according to the American Cancer Society.” Alarmingly, many young women who are developing melanoma have spent time tanning indoors at salons. Continue reading
With summer fast approaching, it’s time to remind your children and teens about the importance of sun protection. “Even one blistering sunburn can increase your risk of skin cancer. As few as five sunburns can double your risk of skin cancer,” Dr. Anjali Dahiya, a dermatologist at the Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, said in a news release.
Teenage girls need to be especially vigilant about sun protection. The potentially fatal skin cancer melanoma is the most common cancer in young women aged 25 to 29.
Much of the sun-related skin damage in these young women occurred in their teens.
“Sun exposure plays a significant role in the development of melanoma. Although more adults are using sunscreens during outdoor activities, many are unaware of how important it is to make sure that their children are getting the necessary skin protection,” Dr. Desiree Ratner, director of dermatologic surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, said in the news release.
The doctors offered the following skin protection tips for teens and “tweens”:
- Apply sunscreen to the entire surface of your body about 30 minutes before going outside.
- If you’re swimming, reapply sunscreen once you’re out of the water.
- Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and be sure it has both UVA and UVB blocking ingredients.
- Limit your sun exposure.
- In addition to using sunscreen, use hats, sunglasses and umbrellas.
- Never use tanning beds — try self-tanning creams for a safer summer glow.
- Watch for freckles, which may be a sign of sustained sun damage.