LIAR! LIAR!! TANNING SALONS STILL PROVIDING FALSE INFORMATION

(The San Francisco Chronicle 10/23/13) A study published on line by the American Academy of Dermatology stated that tanning salons are still providing false information about the harmful effects of tanning. They found that more than 60% of the salons contacted denied any danger from the ultraviolet exposure from tanning and made unlawful claims of specific health benefits”, such as saying that “tanning helped vitamin D production…could prevent future sunburns” etc.

THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE IS READILY AVAILABLE AND ABUNDANT. ALCOHOL AND CIGARETTES HAVE BEEN SO LABELLED, AND THIS INDUSTRY SHOULD TOO, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO CHILDREN.

OVER A QUARTER OF HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS USE TANNING BEDS!

(US Center for Disease Control, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, 8/20/130)

 

JAMA Medical Journal reported 29% of female Caucasian high school students use tanning beds. AAD reported 32% of Caucasian women under the age of 30 visited tanning beds within a year, 8% visiting weekly. It is believed the tanning beds are playing a large role in the skyrocketing rates of skin cancer in recent decades, and dangerous melanoma cancers are raising sharply among young Caucasian women in particular. Researchers conclude that the high rate of indoor tanning in young people speaks to the need of increased education efforts to these young people to understand how to reduce their risk for skin cancer. More importantly, we need to encourage young women to embrace their natural, untanned skin colors.

 

NOT ENOUGH SAID! WE NEED TO BRING MEDIA AND ADVERTISING AIMED AT THESE YOUNG WOMEN IN LINE WITH SUPPORTING NATURAL COLOR AND NOT A TANNED LOOK AS THE DESIRED IMAGE. PREVENTING TEENS FROM ENGAGING IN HIGH RISK INDOOR TANNING BEGINS WHEN THEY ARE YOUNG AT HOME WITH THEIR FAMILIES ADVISING THEM, AND THEN REINFORCED IN THEIR SCHOOL HEALTH CLASSES. WHATEVER WE ARE DOING IS NOT ENOUGH AS THE STATISTICS SHOW. SOMEHOW WE NEED TO GET THESE CHILDREN EXPOSED TO BETTER EDUCATIONAL TOOLS TO AVOID THIS HARMFUL ACTIVITY.

CAN A SUNTAN PROTECT YOU FROM SUN DAMAGE?

 Visiting a tanning salon for “base tan” will NOT protect your skin from DNA (cancer) injury.

(Pigment Cell Melanoma Research 02/2011) People with darker skin (such as African ancestry) tend to be much less susceptible to ultraviolet (sun) induced DNA damage (skin cancers) than those with lighter skin (such as Northern European ancestry). So many people have believed that tanning before full outside sun exposure can protect lighter skin against UV sun damage. Many individuals use tanning beds in a misguided effort to protect their skin from sun damage. Recent findings indicate that tanning beds, which use mostly UVA rays, do not afford any protection against subsequent DNA (cancer) damage. Therefore, you may get less sunburn by using a tanning bed before your vacation, but you have increased your chances of skin cancer. Better advice would be to buy a nice hat and some good sunscreen and use it!! Remember UVB may cause a burn, and the UVA in tanning beds may not, but it causes as much if, not more sun damage and future risk of cancer.

MANY U.S. TANNING SALONS NOT WARNING TEENS ABOUT CANCER RISKS

(Health Day 5/10). According to an AAD poll of 3,800 white females, aged 14-22, reported 43 percent of the young tanners were never warned about the dangers of tanning beds by salon employees. Three out of ten stated there were no warning labels on the equipment. *** HMMM, I THOUGHT SUCH PLACES WOULD HAVE LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY AND INSPECTIONS TO ENSURE THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN?

*WEAR YOUR SHADES AND THAT TOPPER!

 

When sunlight is reflected off of water, sand, or snow, it can cause burns to the cornea of the eye. This is sometimes called “snow blindness.” In mild cases, it can heal in a couple of days; more severe cases can take longer. This problem can also occur in tanning booths as well.


WEARING PROPER UV BLOCKING SUNGLASSES and a wide brimmed hat can block out at least 99 percent of the harmful rays. Not only can this prevent “sun blindness” or photokeratitis but it will also reduce your risk for cataracts and skin cancer of the eyelid. SO, WHEN YOU ARE OUT AT THE LAKE, BEACH, OR SNOW SKIING, REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR SUNGLASSES AND A HAT. MAKE SURE YOUR FASHION SHADES HAVE UV PROTECTION. DON’T BUY SUNGLASSES, HOWEVER CUTE THEY MAY BE, IF THEY DON’T PROVIDE PROTECTION. THIS IS AN EASY WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF!