Please Watch This Video About Skin Cancer
Experts say kids are tanning – and getting cancer – at a younger age
Some tan to add a little color to their skin. Some say it makes them look and feel healthier. Whatever the reason, Americans are using tanning salons in record numbers. By the end of the day, another two million people will tan under indoor lamps.* That number has doubled in the last decade.* But more and more young people are learning that “healthy” glow can come with serious risks.
But before they get a chance to buy into it, Shari Croy has a warning for her grandchildren. For decades, Shari worked to keep her skin golden brown. When the sun couldn’t do it, she did.
“I started out tanning every day. I had my own tanning bed for 7 years. I called it my “Florida room” downstairs,” says Croy.
“Even when compared to places like in Australia where the sun intensity is so much higher, the radiation from those tanning beds is still higher than the sun,” says Kendra.
*Patterns of Indoor Tanning Use: Implications for Clinical Interventions, Archives of Dermatology, December 2007; 143:1530-1535, http://archderm.ama-assn.org/
**Teen Tanning Hazards, US Food and Drug Administration, FDA Consumer Magazine, April 2005, http://www.fda.gov/
***The association of use of sunbeds with cutaneous malignant melanoma and other skin cancers: A systematic review, International Journal of Cancer Volume 120, Issue 5, Date: 1 March 2007, Pages: 1116-1122. Cited by the Skin Cancer Foundation, 2007 Skin Cancer Facts, http://www.skincancer.org/
****Tanning Restrictions for Minors A State-by-State Comparison, National Conference of State Legislatures, January 2008, http://www.ncsl.org/programs/health/tanningrestrictions.htm