Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Fake N' Bake

      Yes, this may offend people. No, I don't care.
The International Cancer Research Society announced today that tanning beds are now classified as a Group 1 carcinogen, joining asbestos, mustard gas, plutonium, sunlight, and tobacco smoke on the list of world's most cancer causing agents. 

      In addition to this, data published in Lancet Oncology how that people who use tanning beds before the age of 30 are 75% more likely to develop melanoma than if they had never used a tanning bed before 30. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, responsible for the most skin cancer deaths each year. College students, therefore, are at a major risk here.
While maybe the dangers of skin cancer aren’t news, this is an important reminder to stay away from tanning beds!
      Melanoma is a HUGE problem among college-age women, and being tan is just NOT worth the risk. There are tons of great self tanning products out there that look just as good as a real tan, minus the risk of death. I’m a big fan of self-tanning and make sure to never tan in the sun or a tanning bed. Despite what some might think, there’s nothing fashionable about tanning in the sun or in a bed. It’s completely ridiculous as well as completely dangerous. My family has been touched by cancer way too many times. It kills me to think these young girls my age are putting themselves at risk to themselves, and the pain cancer causes family and friends.
      Think about it – is it really worth risking your life to be tan? Of course it’s not. Please think before you use a tanning bed or go out in the sun without SPF 15 or higher. You could be saving your own life.


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