Thursday, September 18, 2008

The danger of using tanning beds

  1. Sunbeds subject your skin to artificial UV rays, on top of the natural UV sun rays it's already subjected to. This increases the risk of skin cancer (melanoma) and premature ageing. The skin is attacked by intense rays which are much more powerful than natural sun rays, over a short period of time. Some appliances can emit rays that are 5 times harsher than those emitted by the sun in Australia in its zenith during summer solstice. According to a study led by the International Agency for Cancer Research, the risk of malignant melanoma, the most aggressive form of cancer, is increased by 75% in people who use sunbeds before the age of 30.
  2. Tanning salons pose a risk of eye damage, lesions such as keratitis and cataracts.
  3. Contrary to popular belief, sunbeds do not prepare skin for sun exposure, but they make you think you're more immune to burning. As a result, many people who have been on a sunbed before their hols suffer serious burns. The rays emitted by sunbeds are mainly UVA rays (it’s UVB rays which protect the skin).
  4. Artificial rays can cause photoallergic reactions, characterised by erythema (skin rash), vesicles (blisters on the skin containing fluid) and itching.
  5. Persistant exposure to rays contributes to the reduction of the body's immune defenses and increases the likelihood of infection.

1 comment:

Drizzly said...

And evidentally they can get you into trouble in a political race too LOL!

Thanx for the tips..