- By Dana Sparks
Planning on Tanning?
Tanning seems to be a year-round business but with recent news about melanoma increasing for people under forty, some might think twice before baking in the sun or visiting a tanning bed. Actually, Mayo Clinic Dermatologist Dr. Dawn Davis says there are other risks than skin cancer.
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Expert Title: Dr. Dawn Davis - Mayo Clinic Pediatric Dermatologist
A recent congressional investigation accused the tanning bed industry of misleading teenagers about the health risks. Here are some highlights from that report:
- 90% of the salons reported that there is no health risk in regard to indoor tanning.
- Four out of five salons surveyed insisted that tanning would be good/healthy.
- Nearly all salons denied the known risks of indoor tanning.
- Four out of five salons falsely claimed that indoor tanning is beneficial to a young person’s health.
- Salons used many approaches to minimize the health risks of indoor tanning.
- Tanning salons fail to follow FDA recommendations on tanning frequency.
- Tanning salons target teenage girls in their advertisements.