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Tanning Beds and Skin CancerBy Tyler Kamerer

"Warning Signs: The ABCDEs of Melanoma AsymmetryIf you draw a line through this mole, the two halves will not match. BorderThe borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven. The edges may be scalloped or notched. ColorHaving a variety of colors is another warning signal. A number of different shades of brown, tan or black could appear. A melanoma may also become red, blue or some other color. DiameterMelanomas usually are larger in diameter than the size of the eraser on your pencil (1/4 inch or 6 mm), but they may sometimes be smaller when first detected. EvolvingAny change — in size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting — points to danger. Benign Malignant Symmetrical Asymmetrical Borders are even Borders are uneven One shade Two or more shades Smaller than 1/4 inch Larger than 1/4" (skincancer.org)All of these are signs of cancerous moles, growths or spots. They can all be caused by tanning beds, which is why they are dangerous.

5 Fast Facts About Tanning Beds"1. It's Big BusinessNearly 30 million people in the U.S. tan in tanning salons every year; on average, that's more than 1 million people a day who are baking themselves under tanning lamps. More than 70% of them are Caucasian females aged 16 to 49 years. The indoor tanning industry's revenues have increased fivefold since 1992, to about $5 billion.2. Our Youth Are At Risk2.3 million teens visit tanning salons in the U.S. every year. According to a Swedish study, the younger you are when you start indoor tanning, the greater your risk of melanoma. A review of seven studies revealed that your risk of melanoma increases by 75 percent if you're exposed to tanning beds before the age of 35. Although the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for teens to be banned from indoor tanning due to the dangers, only half of the states in the U.S. regulate tanning bed use by teens.3. It's a Proven DangerMany studies show that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light is a definite risk factor for melanoma. Using a tanning bed more than 10 times a year made people seven times more likely to develop malignant melanoma than those who did not use tanning beds as often. The risk of melanoma was increased by 300% for those using tanning beds occasionally and by 800% for those using tanning beds more than 10 times a year. The FDA estimates that about 38,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma this year in the U.S. and 7,300 people will die from this condition. The United States Department of Health & Human Services names UV radiation from the sun, and from artificial sources such as tanning beds and sun lamps, as a proven carcinogen - a cancer causing substance..." (healthcentral.com)For more information see healthcentral.com.These five facts prove that tanning beds are not healthy for anyone. Especially those under the age of 35. These tanning beds are a major cause of skin cancer.

Teen Tanning"A new survey highlights the troublesome lack of oversight of teenagers who use cancer-causing tanning beds.Jodi Duke was 16 when she went to a tanning salon for the first time. The fair-skinned redhead says she just wanted luminous, golden skin, like her friends' at school.It began with occasional 20-min. visits to the salon close to Duke's high school in Denver. But soon the low-intensity tanning bed wasn't cutting it anymore. So Duke switched to one with a more powerful sunlamp and started going to the salon more often. "First it was once every couple of weeks. Then once every week. And later it was every day," she says.In 1996, three years after lying on her first sun bed, Duke went to see a doctor to get a mole removed. Routine tests confirmed that the mole was a malignant tumor--Duke had advanced-stage melanoma and was wheeled into surgery that week. A chunk of flesh from her right arm was removed, and a year of intensive cancer therapy followed. She survived without serious complications..."(ebscohost.com)For more information see ebscohost.com.This study by Jodi Duke provides a lot of important information and many facts a teen should consider before ever stepping foot into a tanning bed.

The three main types of skin cancer are... Basal cell carcinoma,Squamous cell carcinoma,Malignant melanoma.(ehealthmd.com)


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