Don’t Fake Bake: What you need to know about tanning beds

Living in Florida eliminates much of the desire to fake bake since we’re all exposed to plenty of sun on a daily basis, but it’s normal to occasionally want to enhance your “healthy glow” with a little artificial tanning. And since nearly every strip mall contains a tanning salon and free tanning comes with many gym memberships, it can be hard to pass up a quick tan. However, use of a tanning bed is never a good idea.

Two snook in two days!
Hat, sunglasses, long-sleeve shirt, sunscreen…required protection from natural UV radiation!

Research from the National Cancer Institute, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the World Health Organization, the Mayo Clinic, the Melanoma Research Foundation, and numerous other medical researchers agree that tanning beds increase the risk for developing skin cancer in users.

  • Did you know there are more cases of skin cancer caused by indoor tanning than cases of lung cancer caused by smoking?
  • Did you know exposure to UV radiation increases the risk of developing skin cancer, regardless of the source? The sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds all increase risk. (National Cancer Institute)
  • Did you know the International Agency on Cancer Research has added UV Radiation emitting devices (tanning beds and lamps) to the list of the most dangerous forms of cancer-causing radiation?
  • Did you know that last week Pennsylvania joined California, Illinois, Nevada, Texas, Vermont, and Oregon banning the use of tanning beds for all minors under 18, and at least 33 states and the District of Columbia regulate the use of tanning facilities by minors? (National Conference of State Legislatures)
  • Did you know indoor tanning exposes users to both UV-A and UV-B rays, which damage the skin and can lead to cancer? And that using a tanning bed is particularly dangerous for younger users since those who begin tanning younger than age 35 have a 59% higher risk of melanoma and using tanning beds also increases the risk of wrinkles and eye damage, and changes skin texture. (CDC)
  • Did you know that melanoma risk increases 1.5% per tanning session?
  • Did you know the World Heath Organization has classified tanning beds as ‘carcinogenic to humans,’ (its highest level of risk) putting them in the same category as tobacco and asbestos?
  • Did you know research suggests that the doses of Type A ultraviolet light emitted by high-pressure tanning units may be as much as 10 to 15 times higher than that of the midday sun?
  • Did you know tanning bed users have a significantly increased chance of developing melanoma. (Melanoma Research Foundation)

Now you know, tanning beds don’t offer a safe alternative to natural sunlight. Learn to love your skin, even if lacking color. A little make up and self tanner goes a long way toward creating that “healthy” look in a much more healthy way. Protect your skin. Don’t fake bake.

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Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill Tuesday that bans anyone younger than 17 from using tanning beds and requires parental permission for 17 year-olds.Read more from WFMZ.com at: http://www.wfmz.com/news/gov-corbett-signs-bill-regulating-tanning-beds/25843318
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Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill Tuesday that bans anyone younger than 17 from using tanning beds and requires parental permission for 17 year-olds.Read more from WFMZ.com at: http://www.wfmz.com/news/gov-corbett-signs-bill-regulating-tanning-beds/25843318
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Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill Tuesday that bans anyone younger than 17 from using tanning beds and requires parental permission for 17 year-olds.Read more from WFMZ.com at: http://www.wfmz.com/news/gov-corbett-signs-bill-regulating-tanning-beds/25843318
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Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill Tuesday that bans anyone younger than 17 from using tanning beds and requires parental permission for 17 year-olds.Read more from WFMZ.com at: http://www.wfmz.com/news/gov-corbett-signs-bill-regulating-tanning-beds/25843318
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Know the ABCDE’s of Skin Cancer

514_400x400_NoPeelMay is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, and the first Monday in May (today) is Melanoma Monday.

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? Even so, with early detection, it can be easily cured. So on Melanoma Monday take time to learn the ABCDE’s of skin cancer identification.

A – Assymetrical

Two sides of mole do not match.

B – Border

Uneven borders, meaning the edges may be scalloped or notched.

C – Color

Having a variety of colors is another warning sign.

D – Diameter

Melanomas are usually larger than 6mm or 1/4″ in diameter, larger than the size of a pencil eraser.

E – Evolving

Any change in size, color, diameter as well as itching, bleeding, or crusting points to a potential problem.

For more information on the ABCDE’s and pictures of examples of problem moles click here to go to the website of the Skin Cancer Foundation.

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Go, Marco, Go!

My thirty-something cousin, Tobi, was diagnosed with melanoma after being cancer free for nearly five years. Since her diagnosis, she’s had PET Scans, MRIs, and an EEG the last couple of months. Her team of doctors have developed a treatment plan, and she’s completed radiation and began chemo last week.

Tobi describes her chemo, Yervoy, as playing a game of Marco Polo in her body. She says the Yervoy calls out “Marco” and listens for the cancer’s “Polo”. We need Marco (Yervoy) to find, attack, and win this game.

Help us cheer on Marco and keep Tobi in your prayers.