Facts: The rise in skin cancer rates happens to coincide with the growth of indoor tanning, which was first introduced in the U.S. in the late 1970s. If you use a tanning bed or otherwise tan, you ARE at risk.
People who tan indoors are:
– 74% more likely to develop melanoma
– 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell cancer
– 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell cancer
71% of tanning salon patrons are girls and women aged 16-29
The World Health Organization declared ultraviolet radiation from tanning beds to be a class 1 carcinogen. Asbestos and cigarettes are in the same category.
In 2009, Brazil was the first country in the world to ban tanning beds altogether.
In 2011, California announced a ban of tanning beds use for those under 18 years of age. This law is similar to France, England and Wales, all countries taking action on the topic of concern.