It is prom time in many high schools and I want to remind those that think it's safe to visit a tanning salon for this special event that IT IS NOT SAFE. Tanning beds have been shown to cause cancer. Skin cancer is dramatically on the rise in the U.S. and people are developing it younger and younger. Many teenagers think that it's o.k. in moderation. It's not. Sun damage caused by exposure to UV rays is cumulative. Your body does not forget how many times you visited the tanning salon although you may. Continued UV exposure can cause cell mutations that can lead to skin cancer. Skin cancer is an awful disease and can be life threatening. Don't take chances. I know people with skin cancer; it's not something to take lightly. It usually comes out years later leaving you full of regret that you weren't careful enough when you were younger. There is no medical reason to use a tanning bed. So if your friends tell you that they are doing it to boost vitamin D or to ease depression, these are not reasons to use a tanning bed. Think of a tanning bed as you would cigarette smoking. It's unhealthy for you and causes cancer.
Need a sun tan quickly for a special occasion, try sunless tanning. There are many great ones on the market that will give you a nice sun kiss glow - safely.
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