Tanning Beds Cause Oh So Much Skin Cancer

A new Yale study has found that tanning beds cause increased rates of early-onset basal cell carcinoma, the most common skin cancer. Tanning bed use increased the rates of BCC by 69 percent. This follows a University of Minnesota study that found that tanning bed users were 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer. So it’s not really a matter of whether you’ll get cancer from using a tanning bed, but more like, “Which cancer will you get?”


Now, the results of these studies come as no surprise to anyone who has read beauty news in the last decade. So what I find shocking is that scientists are able to find people who still use a tanning bed. Seriously, who is STILL DOING THIS? Being pale is not that bad (trust me, I know first hand). And with self-tanners and spray-tans, there are better ways to get the glow. Yet, the World Health Organization estimates that 30 million Americans still use indoor tanning beds.


Have you ever used indoor tanning? And if you still go tanning, I’d love to hear why.


Here’s your bonus tips to prevent skin cancer:


We’ve known that antioxidants boost the effectiveness of sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays, but a new study shows eating a Mediterranean diet (which is rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids) may be an extra line of defense against skin cancer. The study looked at the blood of two groups of people exposed to the sun for the same amount of time. The group that drank an antioxidant-rich drink after being in the sun had 50 percent less of the chemical that leads to sun damage. Dr. Niva Shapira, who led the study, says based on these results, a Mediterranean diet packed with olive oil, fish, yogurt, colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and beans would be a boost to your sun protection.

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