You likely protect yourself from UVA/UVB rays thousands of miles away from the sun by using sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses, yet if you are going to hit the tanning bed, you are exposing yourself to the very same rays while only 6-8 inches away. It’s a recipe for harm. The intensity of the rays your skin is exposed to in a tanning bed is greatly magnified.
A clear and direct correlation exists between skin cancer patients and the use of indoor tanning salons. “There is an exponential increase in patients who develop melanomas who have been to tanning salons,” explains Dr. Anna Pavlick, an oncologist at NYU Langone Health.
Simply put, having sun-kissed skin is not worth the health risk, so stay away from the bed.
If you are at risk for melanoma, you should be checked out by a dermatologist. But how do you know if you’re at risk? There are a number of factors to be aware of and these leading doctors lay it all out.