When tanning beds became available to the public, everyone was flocking to the salons to try them out. Millions of people worldwide tan every year inside before summer arrives. While this may seem like a great way to get ready for summer while also avoiding the damaging effect of the sun, you should know that tanning beds have been named as one the greatest cancer-causing sources of radiation out there. Check out the reasons you should avoid tanning beds.
The World Health Organization Advises Against Using Tanning Beds
The World Health Organization named tanning beds high on their list as a cancer-causing source of deadly radiation. However, many people are still visiting tanning salons every season. Some states have passed laws trying to limit the numbers of young people visiting tanning beds due to the higher risk of skin cancer becoming prevalent in young women under the age of 30. The longer you use a tanning bed, the greater your risk becomes for skin cancer.
Squamous Skin Cells Are Directly Impacted By Tanning Bed Radiation
Squamous skin cells are particularly susceptible to the radiation from UV rays. Squamous skin cancer is more common because squamous cells are in the first layer of skin. While the occurrence of this cancer is usually in areas of the body most exposed to sun, you can also have formation of abnormal squamous cells in other places like the genitals and anus. If you have a growth that is similar to a wart and has a crusty, scaly scab, having it checked out by your doctor is wise. This is especially true if you have been vigilant about lying in a tanning bed. Left unchecked, squamous cancer cells can become deadly.
Basil Cell Carcinoma Is A Common Form Of Skin Cancer
Also caused directly by the damaging UV rays of the sun and indoor tanning lamps and beds, basic cell carcinoma is common, generally in people over the age of forty. However, young people, especially those spending a lot of time in tanning beds or simply lying out in the sun, are also at risk for basal cell carcinoma as well. If you have fair skin, have several moles, spend a lot of time outdoors or if you have a family history of skin cancer, you are at even higher risk for skin cancer. Avoiding tanning beds and lamps if you are a high risk is important.
If you have an unusual bump or lump that will not go away, talking to a doctor (such as one from Countryside Dermatology & Laser Center) about it is a good idea. The earlier you get treatment or skin cancer surgery, the greater your chances are for beating it and living a long life.