TUESDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) — Those who bronze themselves in tanning beds face a 20 percent increased risk of skin cancer, and that raised risk reaches 87 percent if they start before they are 35 years old, new research indicates.
How likely are you to get skin cancer from tanning beds?
Tanning beds are NOT safer than the sun.
Just one indoor tanning session can increase the risk of developing skin cancer (melanoma by 20%, squamous cell carcinoma by 67%, and basal cell carcinoma by 29%).
Are tanning beds safe in moderation?
Myth #1: Using tanning beds in moderation is safe. When it comes to tanning whether it is tanning in the sun or at a tanning salon, there is no such thing as a safe or healthy tan when you have been exposed to ultraviolet radiation. Tans from a tanning bed or from the sun are evidence of UV radiation damage.
How can I tan without getting skin cancer?
There are ways you can still get tan and reduce your risk of skin cancer like avoiding tanning beds and using self-tanning products.
How to tan safely
- Wear sunscreen. …
- Always avoid tanning beds. …
- Cover up and seek shade. …
- Use self-tanner. …
- Take a supplement.
How often do sunbeds cause cancer?
Even one sunbed session can increase your risk of developing squamous cell skin cancer by 67% and basal cell skin cancer by 29%. Even more importantly is the increased risk of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. If you have ever used a sunbed your risk of melanoma increases by 20%.
How harmful are tanning beds?
Studies have linked tanning bed use to an increased risk of all forms of skin cancers. Your risk can go up as much as 15% for every four tanning bed visits. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that there’s a 75% increased risk of developing life-threatening melanoma from just one indoor tanning session before age 35.
What are the five most common risk factors of skin cancer?
What Are the Risk Factors for Skin Cancer?
- A lighter natural skin color.
- Skin that burns, freckles, reddens easily, or becomes painful in the sun.
- Blue or green eyes.
- Blond or red hair.
- Certain types and a large number of moles.
- A family history of skin cancer.
- A personal history of skin cancer.
- Older age.
Can tanning beds cause brain tumors?
Tanning beds emit UV radiation that may cause skin cancer. But the beds may also cause changes to the brain.
How much does tanning age your skin?
In fact, many scientific estimates have shown that up to 80-90% of how young or old you look for your age is due to how much sun exposure you’ve sustained. And this has been shown repeatedly, in different parts of the world, over many years and in many different clinical studies.
How many sunbeds a week is safe?
Moderate tanning of 2-3 sessions a week is OK for everyone else but ensure you rest the skin for a minimum of 24 hours between each session and at least 48 hours for skin type 2. The European Standard advises not to exceed 60 sessions per annum.