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Why some are still skeptical of tanning bed risks?

Why some are still skeptical of tanning bed risks?

The health risks are high for young people who use tanning beds, but not all parents seem to see it that way. To figure out why that is, researchers polled more than 1,200 parents of US kids aged 11 to 17 years. The investigators found that parents who are less likely to believe that indoor tanning is harmful for teens include: •    Fathers.

•    Parents who'd used indoor tanning devices themselves.

•    Parents who never received skin cancer prevention counseling from their child's doctor.

•    Parents of boys.

•    Parents of older teens (aged 16 to 17).

•    Parents of teens whose skin was less reactive to the sun.

"Parents who have never seen their children get sunburned or discussed skin cancer prevention with a doctor may not be aware of the dangers of unprotected exposure to ultraviolet light," study author Dr. Maryam Asgari said in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

"Since mothers are often the ones to take their children to the doctor, fathers may be less likely to receive skin cancer prevention counseling from their child's provider," Asgari said. She's a dermatologist and associate professor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

It's not surprising that parents might not object to their kids' tanning if they've tanned indoors themselves, Asgari said. But, "it's important for all parents to understand the dangers of tanning at a young age and communicate those dangers to their children," she added.

"If you avoid tanning beds, especially when you're young, you can reduce your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging in the future," Asgari explained.

Using indoor tanning beds before age 35 increases the risk for melanoma -- the deadliest type of skin cancer -- by 59 per cent, and the risk rises with continued use, according to the AAD.

A 2017 study found that 45 per cent of people who start tanning before age 16 do so with a family member.

There is nothing healthy about the “glow” of tanned skin. Tanned skin is damaged skin, no matter your age or skin type. Even if you avoid a sunburn by getting a “base tan,” you’re still doing damage to your skin and increasing your chances of skin cancer.

Still, many people seek out a seasonal tan or year-round tan despite these dangers, often choosing indoor tanning to maintain their color through the winter. The evidence surrounding the hazards of tanning beds could not be clearer: People who use tanning beds are at much greater risk for developing skin cancer. In fact, some reports estimate that the risk increases by 75% for people who use a tanning bed before the age of 35.

Despite the best efforts of doctors to counsel against using tanning beds and sun lamps, two myths still exist:

There is absolutely no evidence to support either of these claims. In fact, research indicates that the unwavering intensity of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds makes it more dangerous. Ultraviolet radiation consists of UVA and UVB rays, which both damage skin and can cause skin cancer. Indoor tanning beds expose you to both kinds of rays.

Still, there are tanning salon salespeople who have built an industry on these myths. This has prompted some states to pass laws regulating indoor tanning in an attempt to protect young people. White, non-Hispanic teenaged girls use tanning beds more than any other group.

HealthDay

 

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