Question: What’s so bad about tanning beds?

Answer: There is no such thing as “safe tanning” or “non-harmful rays.” The United States Department of Health & Human Services, as well as the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, have declared UV radiation from the sun and artificial sources – i.e. tanning beds – as known carcinogens. Carcinogens are cancer-causing substances. Multiple studies have shown that use of a tanning bed has lead to an increased risk, 74% higher*, of having melanoma, 2.5 times* more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times* more likely to be diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma.

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*Figures provided by The Skin Cancer Foundation

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