Embarrassed about your pale pasty skin? Get over it.

Wanting a rich, deep tan?  Frequenting a tanning salon?. . . Please don’t.  May has been designated Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.  So, let’s celebrate our natural skin color, whatever color it is.

American Academy of Dermatology did an online study of 3800 (adolescent through mid 20s)  females.  The results are shocking!

81% of respondents had tanned outdoors “frequently or occasionally” in the past year.  32% used a tanning bed in the past year, while 25% reported using a tanning bed at least weekly. 

The SAFE alternative to UV-exposure, a “spray tan,” was NOT used by  86% of said respondents in the past year.  The 18- to 22 year-old female crowd is nearly twice as likely (40%)  to use indoor tanning beds as compared to 14- to 17- year olds (22%).   Cost?  Transportation issues?

There are more tanning salons than Starbucks or McDonalds.  In a recent survey in 116 U. S. cities, on average there are 42 tanning salons per city. 

Teens and early adults may not appreciate the consequences of the cumulative sun exposure.  Nearly 75% of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma with rates rising for the last 30 years.

The World Health Organization declared UV radiation from the sun and artificial light sources a known carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) and called for prohibiting minors from indoor tanning. 30 + states either prohibit or require parental consent for minors who want to use indoor tanning devices.

So, consider stopping the “fake bake,”  instead buy sunscreen, embrace your natural skin color, and see your doctor for  a skin check.

Hope this helps.

About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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