It is a well-known fact that tanning is dangerous and hazardous to your health. What many don’t realize is that the risk to your health is extreme. Tanning is actually as likely to cause cancer as plutonium is, and plutonium is highly radioactive! Using a tanning bed before the age of 30 will increase your risk of melanoma, one of the most deadly skin cancers, by 75%.
In the United States, melanoma kills about 8,650 people yearly. Additionally, your chance of getting squamous cell carcinoma is 2.5 times as likely and your chance of getting basal cell carcinoma increases by 1.5 times. With risks associated with tanning so high, it’s crazy how many people make tanning a part of their regular routine. Somewhere along the lines having tan skin became a mark of beauty and it’s costing lives!
Organizations and lawmakers are trying to lower the amount of people using tanning beds by raising awareness and creating laws. In many states, people are campaigning to ban people under the age of 18 from using tanning beds. In Wisconsin, young people under the age of 16 are not allowed to go tanning. Do you think these laws are a good way of keeping people healthy?