Tanning beds not worth
risk for teens
cancer. In 2006, the World HealthOrganization’s (WHO’s) InternationalAgency for Research on Cancer (IARC)found using tanning beds before theage of 35 increases the risk of malignantmelanoma by a whopping 75 per cent.
As a result, IARC classified tanningbeds as type 1 carcinogens, the highestrisk level and on par with tobacco andarsenic. WHO further recommendsthose under 18 not use such tanningdevices.
The July/August 2011 issue ofThe Alberta Doctor’s Digest stated
While many think a tan is healthyand attractive, truth be told, tannedskin is damaged skin. And yet, peoplego to great lengths to get a tan, inreal or artificial sunlight. Older teensin particular use artificial tanningequipment, especially in the monthsand weeks leading up to high-schoolgraduation.
They do so not realizing theultraviolet radiation from tanning bedscauses premature aging and increasesthe risk of skin cancer, includingmelanoma, the deadliest form of skin
Skipping the tan could help you keep your health glowing
malignant melanoma is the mostcommon of all cancers for young adultsaged 25 to 29 and the second mostcommon form of cancer for those aged15 to 29.
Calgary dermatologist Dr. Mike
Kalisiak sees a number of young
patients with concerns about suspicious
moles on their skin. “In many cases,
they do have a history of excessive UV
exposure, both from the sun and from
He notes that “many teenagers flood
into tanning salons before grad night
just to have the perfect tan [without
knowing] the associated risks and how
that may impact their future.”
Kalisiak says the short-term “beauty”
of a tan will never be worth the
ugly long-term consequences. His
recommendation: keep it real and skip
the tan. Because cancer is anything but
— Colleen Seto