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Tanning Truths: What you should know about Artificial Tannin
Transcript of Tanning Truths: What you should know about Artificial Tannin
A "Healthy" Glow is a deadly risk
Indoor tanning is NOT safe and significantly increases your risk of skin cancer from just one exposure! As you approach prom and eventually summer break I want to share with you some potentially life saving information about artificial tanning and safe sun practices. Remember... You are beautiful in the skin you are in!
~Jill Collins RN
Excess sun exposure is also damaging, here are some tips to increase sun safety...
Who is at risk for skin cancer?
"Brittany Lietz Cicala of Chesapeake Beach, Md., began tanning indoors at age 17. She stopped at age 20 when she was diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The former Miss Maryland says she used tanning beds at least four times a week, and sometimes every day.
"Growing up, until I started using tanning beds, my parents were very strict about me wearing sunscreen," says Cicala. Although she also tanned in the summer sun during her 3 years of tanning bed use, Cicala estimates that 90 percent of her UV exposure was in tanning beds during this period.
In the 4 years since she was diagnosed with melanoma, Cicala’s surgeries have left her with about 25 scars. Cicala gets a head-to-toe skin exam every 3 months, which usually results in removal of a suspicious growth" (FDA, 2015).
Did you know...
Massachusetts legislature recently passed a new law regarding Artificial Tanning on 2/6/16 and will take effect 5/5/16. S1994 Bill states that no person under the age of 18 may use artificial tanning devices. This is an effort to protect our teens and young adults
Did You know???
"Indoor tanning, especially in adolescents and young adults increases your risk of melanoma by 75%
Those who have ever tanned indoors have a 67 percent increased risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma and a 29 percent increased risk of developing basal cell carcinoma"
Melanoma: One Woman's Story
Tanning is OUT!
Click the "play" button here
"Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is the second most common cancer in women aged
20 to 29" (About Health, 2016). Those are some scary statistics!
What you should know about Artificial Tanning and Sun Safety
Use sunscreen daily regardless what your skin type is
Use a sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays and a SPF of at least 30 (AAD, 2016)
Avoid prolonged exposure during the peak sun hours of 10am and 4pm
Have a skin check done yearly at your family doctor or Dermatologist.
Using a tanning bed for 20 minutes is equivalent to spending one to three hours a day at the beach with no sun protection at all (MFNE, 2016)
Tanning beds put out three to six times the amount of radiation given off by the sun (MFNE, 2016)
Exposure to UV light is addicting. It causes a psychological and physical dependency and many users, especially teen and young adults have a difficult time quitting artificial tanning (SCF, 2016)
UV light showing sun damage you can't see
What to look for...
By: Jill Collins RN
Anna Maria College
You have the power to help protect yourself from dangerous and sometimes fatal skin cancers. Be safe, be smart, you're beautiful with the skin you've got!