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Tanning Beds Can Cause Cancer

Beauty Byte: Tanning Beds Are a Confirmed Carcinogen

If you didn't believe me about the risk of tanning beds before, please stop and read this now. Assessments by World Health Organization oncologists have concluded what we've suspected for years — that the UV light used in artificial tanning beds is indeed a carcinogen, one at the same grade of toxicity as gamma radiation and plutonium. This means that instead of saying that the radiation from a tanning bed might cause cancer, now we know that it undoubtedly will. Exposure to a tanning bed beginning before the age of 30 increases your risk of skin cancer by a whopping 75 percent, and melanoma is one of the most painful, deadly forms of cancer. So, really: don't expose yourself to such a big risk. For more information on this story, read the Review of Human Carcinogens—Part D: Radiation just published on The Lancet's Oncology journal website.

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ChanelAddict ChanelAddict 7 years
btw, well said mondaymoos
ChanelAddict ChanelAddict 7 years
btw, well said mondaymoos
ChanelAddict ChanelAddict 7 years
pale is not nor ever will be "the new tan". they are completely different looks. the whole movement on self tanner is getting out of hand and tanning beds are unhealthy, we've known that for years, i see no problem with getting a tan the old fashion way (the SUN) if it is done in moderation. people will always do what is bad for them (smoking, tanning beds, drinking, etc.) people need to live their lives not worry about putting spf 100 on every single second.
llamawich llamawich 7 years
wow, plutonium...
llamawich llamawich 7 years
wow, plutonium...
reactionary reactionary 7 years
hahahahaha @ vicki17. that may be the only good thing that has come out of this ridiculous twilight fiasco. that and young girls actually reading again.
poptart-princess poptart-princess 7 years
so are the sodium sulfates that are more than likely in your face wash, shampoo, and toothpaste.
vicki17 vicki17 7 years
Don't worry people, thanks to Twilight all the sheep who were into tanning themselves orange will now be trying to undo it to look like as much like a vampire as they can.
caty1221 caty1221 7 years
i agree with everyone who has said practically everything these days can give you cancer. this isn't a new development. my mom tanned when she was younger outside with baby oil. if they're gonna call out tanning beds they should discuss outdoor tanning as well. people will just start thinking the sun is safer.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 7 years
That's why I got melanoma, several years of tanning. :(
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
No surprise.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
No surprise.
risqueredhead risqueredhead 7 years
In other news, water is wet.
ffxgirl1 ffxgirl1 7 years
pale is the new tan dears. and it has been for a while.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
very true mondaymoos and ren. i admit have have fake baked a few times before, and knew it was harmful. but these days, it seems like everything gives you cancer.one of my doctors always told me, "living is the only condition with a 100% mortality rate".
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
very true mondaymoos and ren. i admit have have fake baked a few times before, and knew it was harmful. but these days, it seems like everything gives you cancer. one of my doctors always told me, "living is the only condition with a 100% mortality rate".
ren_kr ren_kr 7 years
^^ I agree with you mondaymoos. Obviously tanning beds were never good for you even with out the scientific proof, but even the foods we eat can give us cancer which would probably be more scary than worrying about the few hours millions spend in a tanning booth.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 7 years
LIVING causes cancer. I'm not a tanning bed user anymore, but seriously. Out of all the horrible things I could do to myself, I'm not going to freak out because I spent a few hours in a tanning bed over the span of my life.
grlykool grlykool 7 years
Next they'll find out that fake tanning chemicals aren't healthy for you either (duh).
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
This has been obvious for years yet people still refuse to wake-up to the realization. Sad that many do not see the harm in tanning (beds). ( :oy: ) Personally, I am proud to be pale; my skin is less damaged and as time passes, will not look like a dried up prune.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
Well thank God I have never been to a tanning bed. It seems like the dangers would be obvious, but too many guys and girls swear orange is sexy. They need to check their oompa-loompa priorities. I take my health, thanks.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
newsflash.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
newsflash.
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