Tanning Health Scare Experiment
Everyone likes a nice glow to their skin, but how much is too much when it comes to tanning? Tori, 18, has visited the tanning salon at least once a day for the last two years, and she often doesn't protect her eyes with goggles.
Oncologist Dr. Lawrence Piro explains the dangers of tanning.
Although her aunt Debbie passed away from melanoma six years ago, Tori isn't concerned about the dangerous consequences of her habit. "I know that if I keep tanning the way I do, I probably will get skin cancer in the future," she says. "But I kind of don't really let it bother me."
Studies have shown that the risk for melanoma can increase 75 percent if a person begins tanning in tanning beds before the age of 18.
Tori's family asks The Doctors to step in and help the teenager tame her tanning.
Tanning Bed Burns
Some people believe it’s better to get a bronze glow from a tanning bed than spend a day outside soaking in the sun, but the truth is, the electric sun beds actually cause more harm.
“Kids don’t realize that when you get too much sun at an early age, that’s the sun that’s going to give you skin cancer down the line,” plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon cautions.
“One good burn before the age of 18 can cause skin cancer later in life,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork adds.
Recently, a 14-year-old girl from England was admitted to the hospital with first-degree burns over her entire body, after spending 19 minutes in a tanning bed. Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears points out that the teen probably didn’t see the effects soon enough, so she decided to remain in the capsule for much longer. “There’s the delay,” he says. “Whether it’s the sun or in a tanning bed, you kind of get the initial sun, but then you don’t get that tan for a few hours later.”
“If you are going to get a tan, quite frankly, it’s better to get it naturally,” Dr. Travis says.
When out in the sun, limit your exposure time, wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and protect your eyes.
Tanning Bed Warning
Experts have elevated tanning beds to one of the deadliest cancer-causing agents, citing that exposure to which can increase a person’s risk of developing skin cancer by 75 percent.
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