Tanning Increases Skin Cancer Cases


Tanning Increases Skin Cancer Cases

As per a research, which has been published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, it has been revealed that despite repeated warnings about potential dangers involved in getting tanned, cases of melanoma keep on increasing.

Lead author Jerry D. Brewer, who is an Assistant Professor of dermatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, said that the health experts keep on saying that it is necessary to apply sunscreen at the time when one steps out in the sun and on other days as well. But people do not follow this simple advice in order to get a tanned look and this is the reason that skin cancer cases are on rise.

Brewer further affirmed that he would like to break the myth that it is healthy to get tanned, as it has been proven that tanning destroys the skin. In addition, he would also like to tell that artificial tanning is also not healthy and in fact are more harmful than natural tanning.

This is due to the reason that tanning beds produce 10 to 15 times more heat than being produced by UV radiation. The study has revealed many hard hitting statistics like there has been eight times increase in the skin cancer cases between 1970 and 2009 among women.

There has been four times rise in the number of cases among men, who lived in Olmstead County. It has also been noticed that the data is almost similar for other parts of the country.

“We anticipated that we’d find rising rates, particularly among young women, but we were surprised to see such a dramatic increase in incidence”, said Brewer. He further pointed out that an increase in the number of cancer cases among has been witnessed.

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