Melanoma is Â the deadliest form of skin cancer. Indoor tanning increases Melanoma risk by 74 percent.Â In other words, people who tan indoors are 74 percent more likely to develop Melanoma than those who tan outdoors.Â Over 8,600 Americans died in 2009 from Melanoma.Â Do you still think skin cancer is harmless?
Even with all the information out there, many people still use indoor tanning beds as a means to get that dark summer tan all year long.Â I foundÂ the resultsÂ interestingÂ from a study done by researchersÂ that appeared in "Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention".Â Â This study of 1, 167 melanoma cases and 1,101 people in a controlled group without melanoma found that almost 63 percent of the melanoma patients but just over 51 percent of the control group had tanned indoors.Â
Many people who tan in tanning beds are in denial thatÂ this type of tanningÂ uses ultraviolet radiationÂ that are proven toÂ be cancer causing to humans.
Years ago when tanning beds first came out.Â I purchased a group of time to be split between me and my daughters.Â This time was 20 days and we were all three planning to split those days.Â We never even used 1/2 of that time. I may have lost my money as we could not get a return but I just did not feel right after laying in the tanning bed.Â Now that all the evidence is in, I am thankful that we did not use those 20 days.
With the knowledge that is available to us today, we are taking our lives in our own hands when we lay in suntan beds or in the sun outdoors.Â We can no longer say we did not know the risks.
My Dad does have skin cancer.Â It is caused from years of working outdoors with no sun protection at all.Â Years ago sunscreen was not an option.Â My Grand-father too had skin cancer for the same reason.Â
Today we take precautions when we are outdoors.Â We wear hats when working in the garden or around the yard.Â We do have plenty of sunscreen on hand at all times.Â we have sweat-proof for our face so it does not run into our eyes while working outdoors.Â We other high SPF sunscreen for our arms and legs.Â
SOURCE:Â THE SKIN CANCER FOUNDATION