Tanning Beds Move into High Risk Cancer Category

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Many people like having that sun-kissed look and use tanning beds to accomplish that, but a new report may have some tanning bed users thinking twice.

"It was scary. It scared me enough, I don't tan anymore," Jeanne Sanders said about having precancerous spots.

Sanders used tanning beds for years, and wishes she knew then what she knows now.

"I've had a few problems. I'm paying the price for it. I've had precancerous spots removed from my face just recently, and I have a couple more on my back," Sanders said.

"They could use a bronzer, self tanners, spray tanning, which looks very natural now," Monica Cestaric, a Licensed Aesthetician, said.

Cestaric works at Bodylogic in Vienna, and frequently sees clients with skin damage from tanning.

"Initially it looks great when you're about 20, and then after that you can really tell," Cestaric said.

But the problem is more than skin deep.

"Ten visits or more in one year to the tanning bed increases your risk of melanoma by 800 percent, so if that's not a reason to stay out of the tanning bed I don't know what is, because typically people go more than that even in a month," Cestaric said.

Knowing the risks, but taking that chance is a category Sanders says her daughters fall in.

"They have to make their own decisions, but they know the things I've been going through. They know what it causes and that they should stop," Sanders said.

Dermatologists say there are dangers to tanning naturally too, but moderate amounts of sun are still safer than tanning beds.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 3, 2009 at 11:27 PM
    Well,, I see it like this,,,Everything we do in this world is a risk. We take risks everyday hopeing that it will never effect us. I think that all the talk about tanning beds,, and how they are unhealthy,, and can cause cancer is the least of my worries... What about our troops??? when are they going to be important enough to talk about.. I think their are more important things to make people aware of then tanning bed risks..
  • by Sonny Location: Sun Valley on Aug 1, 2009 at 08:02 PM
    The recent increase in melanoma has been linked to low levels of vitamin D by some researchers. The best source of vitamin D is sunlight, and moderate sun exposure helps people achieve optimum levels of this healthful vitamin. Many melanomas occur "where the sun don't shine" as they say, so the direct correlation between sun exposure (or tanning beds, perhaps) and melanoma is strained, at best. In fact, the recommendation to slather on sun block (and eliminating natural vitamin D production) may be looked upon in future years as a tragic case of bad advice from the medical establishment.
  • by anonamous Location: pburg wv on Jul 30, 2009 at 09:00 AM
    people has known for years that tanning beds were dangerous. so why do they even waist their time going to them? some people like to go and get so dark they really look dumb i think it is a stupid thing to do anyways. just my thoughts of the day.....
  • by infrequent tanner on Jul 30, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    Ok, I have looked over the internet and have yet to find the statistic that you are 800% more likely to get melanoma by visiting the tanning bed 10 times in a year. Cancer.gov states that a woman who visits the tanning bed once a month(which would be 12 visits in a year) is 55% more likely to develop malignant melanmoma. So Yes the risks are high and are there but please get your facts straight.
  • by Pbg Momma Location: Parkersburg on Jul 30, 2009 at 06:28 AM
    My perfectly healthy 18 year old daughter had a mole removed that was stage 1 melenoma. She is fair skinned and only went tanning for special occasions like Prom, before graduation, before going to the beach, etc. She noticed a mole that looked different, and was persistant on having it checked, thank God. After the initial diagnosis we had to go back to the surgeon and have more tissue removed surrounding the area of the mole, and now she has to be checked every 3 months. NO more tanning of any kind, she now uses self tanners & spray tans, and looks great. Seriously, these tanning beds, especially the high pressure beds that tan you faster are so so dangerous. And people just don't want to believe it until something like skin cancer happens, and it is getting more and more common all the time, because of the tanning beds. I am pleading with all of you who tan out there, especially the ones who seem addicted to being tan all year round, please stop, it is not worth it!!!!
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