No Such Thing as a Safe Tan

Summer 2003 CSANews Issue 47  |  Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.Back to list

Tanning bed bulbs produce UVA and UVB radiation, just like the sun. These rays can be responsible for cancerous and non-cancerous melanoma that kills up to 47,000 people every year. The Center for Disease Control estimates that as many as 700 people visit emergency rooms every year for tanning salon exposure. It is common for people to be leery of burning in the sun, but ongoing "sensible tanning" in the salon can cause just as much damage.

Recently, many have opted for short high pressure sessions at the salon. These high pressure sessions cause skin damage equivalent to one year of exposure to the sun. Tanning is the skin's natural reaction to injury from UVA and UVB radiation.

So, unfortunately for those who enjoy the subjective cosmetic benefits of a tan, the tanning bed is no safer than bathing in the sun.