Danger of Tanning Beds

TheWorld Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has moved UV tanning beds to its highest cancer risk category -- "carcinogenic to humans." 



Whether you get a tan outside in the sun or in a tanning bed, you’re exposing your skin to damaging ultraviolet radiation (UVR). Too much UVR causes skin cancer.

Tanning is your skin's natural defense against the damaging rays from the sun. Your skin darkens to try to block the sun from reaching the deeper layers of your skin. The tanner you are, the more damage you're doing to your skin!  

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that using tanning beds before age 35 can increase your risk of getting melanoma -the deadliest form of skin cancer- by 75%!


Tanning also causes:

  • Early skin aging
  • Redness, blotches, or yellowing of the skin
  • Leathery skin, wrinkles and sagging skin
  • Freckles, age spots and liver spots
  • A weakened immune system


The twin on left has excess UVR exposure. The twin on right has minimal UVR exposure.


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