Despite dermatologists’ dire warnings about skin cancer, millions still soak up ultraviolet rays at the beach or their local tanning parlor. Now the International Agency for Research on Cancer has released data demonstrating that tanning beds are carcinogenic for humans. People who start using tanning beds before they turn 30 increase their risk of melanoma by about 75 percent. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and the incidence has been increasing worldwide. An increased risk of melanoma of the eye has also been linked to tanning bed use.

[Lancet Oncology, August 2009]

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    Young people have the “It wont happen to me” Syndrome. We live in a culture where we absolutely must look good or else we are a failure. It has been reported for many years now by the medical community that Tanning Salons and Tanning Machines can lead to serious skin problems, but they continue to flourish. If the government banned them, in our endless search for youth and beauty, they would merely go underground, just like illicit drugs and our continuing appetite for them.
    After all it’s “hip and cool” to have a dark tan (unless you’re a black person) and to smoke dope and take illicit drugs. When these people get older and they start developing severe health problems, they regret having done these things but it’s always too late then. After all, in our culture Looking Good is always better than Feeling Good. It’s the old adage, “youth is wasted on the young” etc etc etc.

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