Is having a tan of Jersey Shore-like-proportions THAT important, people???
Back in December, we reported about a study which revealed that despite most Americans being aware of the health risks associated with indoor tanning, 18% of women and 6% of men had gone tanning AT LEAST once in the previous year.
At the time, we were recommending moderation, but according to new studies, it may not be a good idea to go tanning AT ALL.
Experts are now warning that malignant melanoma rates "have TRIPLED in 30 years among Brits aged 15 to 34," and they're claiming that more than 2 new cases of skin cancer get diagnosed daily in the UK due to tanning bed usage.
According to a campaign manager from Cancer Research UK's Sunsmart campaign, tanning bed usage "before the age of 35 can increase your risk of melanoma by 75 percent" and "young women are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed as men."
While it sounds like this is a serious issue in the UK, we're sure it's just as bad, if not worse, here in the US.
…MIGHT want to rethink visiting those tanning salons EVEN in moderation. Is it really worth the risk???
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