Tanners beware: Indoor salons are dangerous
As a writer and radio personality, Attorney Paul Samakow...
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2013 — Tans from the sun or from tanning salons are harmful. A tan acquired from either of these means your skin cells have been damaged. When the tan comes from a tanning salon and it leads to cancer, what are your rights?
There is no longer any medical debate. Tanning salons are dangerous. When you expose yourself to ultraviolet radiation used in tanning salons, you increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
According to Alan Geller of the Harvard School of Public Health, a leading skin cancer researcher:
“About 40 uses of a tanning bed during one’s lifetime elevates one’s risk of melanoma about 55%, so if you do the math, it means basically a 1-1/2 % extra risk for melanoma for each time you use it.”
The average person’s risk of getting melanoma is about 1 percent. Each tanning session adds 1-1/2 percent to that risk.
The World Health Organization says ultraviolet tanning devices cause cancer in people. Their scientists placed ultraviolet tanning beds on their list of the “most dangerous forms of cancer-causing radiation.”
The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies indoor tanning as a “Class 1” carcinogen.
Skin cancer falls into two groups: non-melanoma and melanoma. There are three types of cancer associated with exposure to the sun or tanning salon UV rays.
The first, melanoma, can cause death. Melanoma is typically a malignant tumor.
The second, basal cell carcinoma, is the most common type of skin cancer. While it rarely metastasizes or kills, some consider it malignant.
The third involves squamous cells, which are the main part of the epidermis of the skin. A cancer in these cells is not classified as malignant, however, unsightly bumps can occur and treatment can include extensive surgeries.
From the Melanoma Foundation of New England:
Melanoma rates are increasing faster than nearly all other cancers with an epidemic growth rate of 3% annually.
In 2012, an estimated 76,250 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed, with approximately 9100 deaths yearly from the malignant melanoma and another 3000 deaths from non-melanoma skin cancers.
More than one person dies every hour from melanoma.
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