Scientists at the FDA have denounced the ultraviolet radiation from indoor tanning beds to be a health risk. Meant to give a year round healthy glow, the fact of the matter is that any amount of tanning will give you skin damage. Therefore, indoor tanning beds simply become one more way that you can become damaged from ultraviolet radiation.
Two Types Of UV Rays Make Tanning Beds Super Lethal
Furthermore, it has become apparent that there are two types of the UV radiation. UV-A and UV-B rays are both found in tanning salon style beds. UV-B is typically associated with some burns. UV-A Is more familiar to people who have allergic reactions to the sun.
The FDA Officially Discusses Skin Cancer and Tanning Beds
Overall, the FDA is responsible for alerting the public to any cancer risk. Without a doubt, any form of UV radiation will cause cancer risk. However, the National Cancer Institute is quick to point out that skin cancer is linked to getting severe burns as a child.
Tanning devices have now been deemed as carcinogenic to humans. In the past, it was listed as probably carcinogenic to humans. This shift is due to the large amount of research that is focused on preventing skin cancer.
Types Of Cancer Linked To Tanning Beds
Two types of skin cancer have been linked to indoor tanning. In particular, squamous cell carcinoma and ocular (eye) melanoma. It was also found that risk of skin cancer is increased by 75 percent when the tanning beds are used before the age of 35.
There are other risks that the FDA has also highlighted in their report about the harmful effects of tanning beds. In addition to cosmetic reasons like premature aging, there are also serious and complicated implications such as immune suppression, eye damage, and allergic reactions. However, advocates of indoor tanning say that it is less of a risk than sunbathing outside.
How Serious Is Skin Cancer?
Of the 70,000 people in the United States that learned every year that they have melanoma, one in eight will die from it. These statistics are serious enough for the FDA to push consumers to stop using any products that contribute to this problem. In addition, they recommend that tanning beds are used exactly the way they are recommended.
Always Wear Your Tanning Bed Goggles
Common problems that lead to UV damage when using tanning beds included failing to wear the goggles provided and starting with the long exposure option. Most people also fail to read the manufacturer’s recommended instructions. Tanning can also be complicated by using certain medications or cosmetics.