skin cancer

Indoor Tanning is Toxic, Too

May 28, 2010 at 11:08 am , by

Not convinced that indoor tanning is dangerous? Better take a look at the findings of this brand-new, large-scale study in Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Researchers from the University of Minnesota found that people who’ve tanned indoors are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer) than those who’ve stayed away from tanning beds. Their findings add to mounting evidence that there’s nothing pretty about indoor tanning.

Want to learn more about skin cancer, tanning and its risks? Check out the first article in our three-part series on skin cancer.

Previous research demonstrated a weak link between tanning beds and melanoma. But this study establishes a much firmer association, supporting what many dermatologists have long suspected: Indoor tanning, regardless of what type of device used, increases your risk for melanoma. In fact, using high-speed/high-intensity devices doubles your risk; high-pressure devices can quadruple it. Moreover, the more you use tanning beds (whether measured in hours, sessions or years), the greater your risk. The FDA is so concerned, it’s considering a ban on their use among teens.

So are tanning beds worse than sun exposure? It’s unclear, but you can burn from both. “The real take-home message is that UV radiation, regardless of its source, is harmful,” says lead researcher DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D.

Not convinced that pale is beautiful? Try our favorite sun-less tanners.

Photo courtesy Evil Erin


Beauty Coach: Summer Skin Check

May 6, 2010 at 3:16 pm , by

m_100982147Every year, I attend dozens of summer skin care events to learn the latest research and sun protection news. La Roche-Posay’s SOS Save Our Skin event this week was particularly eye-opening…and hands on as they had dermatologists available for skin checks. The topic: skin cancer awareness. As the panel of dermatologists ran through the scary stats–did you know that one in five of Americans will get skin cancer?–it became crystal clear that we (myself included!) need to pay way more attention to our skin. I thought I was doing a pretty good job because I wear sunscreen every day and try to avoid the sun, yet my last skin check was over two years ago.

The good news is that 99 percent of skin cancer patients survive with early detection. So get that skin cancer screening you’ve been putting off. And check out www.SOSsaveourskin.com to learn more facts, post your own skin story and find free screenings in your area.

Keep an eye out for LHJ’s upcoming three-part series on “Say No to Skin Cancer”. It starts in the June issue with a dermatologist-approved detection guide. Part two in July looks at why some of us are addicted to tanning—and how to stop. And part three in August demonstrates how to check out your own skin to help stop cancer before it starts—including a video of our LHJ health director’s own recent skin check!


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