Tanning As Cancerous As Arsenic, Mustard Gas

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

The World Health Organization is out with a new warning: tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation are now considered top cancer risks.

Tan in Paradise owner Scott Young says if you tan in moderation, it's not so bad, “We control the minutes, the intensity, and the frequency of tanning here, so moderation does work."

But an expert with Colorado West Dermatology say tanning beds of any kind are considered dangerous.

Medical Assistant Dani Cain says tanning beds produce rays that are considered a Class One carcinogen, “Even if you use them for a few minutes a day, you're still getting that intense UVA radiation."

She says getting a base tan to protect you from burning is a myth, and the only thing that can help you is sunblock.

And although you do need vitamin D, she says you only need ten minutes outside to get it.

Young defends the practice and says when it comes to tanning, to each his own. "If you tan in moderation, and you work yourself through it, and you learn how your body responds, there are truly benefits."

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