Tanning is big business. The annual economic impact of the tanning industry is an estimated $5 billion. The tanning salons promote these myths about the safety of tanning. They use a lot of strategies similar to the tobacco industry, in terms of trying to attract young people and get them hooked. Here are 4 outrageous myths to watch out for.
1. Tanning Doesn’t Cause The Deadly Kind Of Skin Cancer
Wrong. UV radiation is a known carcinogen. A history of excessive sun exposure is a risk factor for several common skin cancers. UV exposure causes up to 90% of all cases of melanoma, according to the surgeon general.
2. Tanning Is Safe For Kids And Teens
Wrong. The earlier you start tanning, the higher your lifetime risk of skin cancer. The FDA decided that the warning must say that tanning lamps shouldn’t be used by people under 18 years old, and that people with repeat exposure should be evaluated for cancer.
3. You Don’t Have To Worry If You Use Newer Models Of Tanning Beds
Sorry, but no. The FDA decided that tanning beds should be re categorized as “class II” medical devices, which have moderate health risks, instead of low-risk “class I” that they were before.
4. Tanning Is A Fantastic Source Of Vitamin D
Tanning isn’t necessarily a great source of vitamin D. The amount of outdoor sun exposure needed for meaningful vitamin D production depends on many factors, including time of day, time of year, latitude, altitude, weather conditions, a person’s skin type, amount of skin exposed to the sun.