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Spike in melanoma in young women raises concerns about tanning beds

Many of you have probably heard the recent case of "Tanning Mom" Patricia Krentcil. Krentcil is a New Jersey Mom being accused of putting her 5-year-old  daughter in a tanning bed (see video below). The accusations (stemming from alleged burns on the girls skin which teachers questioned at school) come in the recent wake of the Mayo Clinic announcement that melonoma has increased by 8 times the normal amount for young women. Melonoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and the increase is being attributed to the increase in the use of indoor tanning beds and booths. It is universally known and accepted that wearing sunscreen and avoiding sunburn helps to protect your skin and prevent skin cancer, yet many people don't apply this same school of thought to indoor tanning. "People who use tanning indoor tanning beds frequently are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma," states Jerry Brewer, MD. USA Today reports a spike in tanning bed use by teens due to proms and the oncoming summer. For teens and young women tanning has become a cosmetic necessity and goes hand-in-hand with doing their hair and makeup. UV rays carcinogenic effects (that's right, carcinogens, which are also found in cigarettes and other cancer-causing substances) are cumulative, which is bad news for those who start indoor tanning at a young age. The FDA states that those who begin using indoor tanning facilities before the age of 35 increase their risk of melanoma by 75%. "Indoor tanning is like smoking for your skin," states Dr. Doris Day, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "It's the single worst thing you can do in terms of skin cancer and premature aging." While UV radiation posts many of the same life-threatening risks as smoking, tanning is only illegal for minors (under 18) in the state of California. Most states have banned tanning for children under 14, but the majority of teens have free access to tanning salons. What's your stance on indoor tanning? Do you tan regularly? Hopefully you wear sunscreen in this Texas heat! Let us know your thoughts on Twitter or Facebook Source:

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