Tanning beds are used by roughly 1 in every 5 women and 1 in every 16 men in the US, according to a recent study from the University of Minnesota, published in the journal Archives of Dermatology. The study also showed that an alarmingly low number of the individuals surveyed identified tanning as a potential contributing cause of developing skin cancer.
In the study, researchers noted "Skin cancer is the most common form of malignancy in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimated that 1 million new cases of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer were diagnosed in 2009." UV exposure is a leading cause of skin cancer, and the use of indoor tanning beds raises exposure levels significantly.
If you're an indoor tanner, or have thought about trying an indoor tanning salon to get that bronzed glow, consider trying a sunless tanning product. There are a variety of sunless tanning creams and sprays available that provide an even, natural-looking skin tone without the risks associated with tanning beds. Spray tanning has risen in popularity recently, with groups of people even enjoying 'spray tanning parties' where everyone takes turns getting misted with an airbrushed tanning solution.
To learn more about sunless tanning options, or the dangers of tanning beds, contact a specialist today.