How common is skin cancer from sunbeds?

Skin cancer from sunbeds?

Sunbeds are a quick and easy way to get a tan. People use it to feel good about their appearance and enhance their mood, but do you know the risks you are taking? Let's talk about this hot topic and see just how common skin cancer from sunbed use really is.

Here's the lowdown: sunbeds and their UV rays are like that friend who promises a good time but ends up causing drama. The WHO has classified sunbeds as a Class 1 carcinogen, putting them in the same category as plutonium and tobacco. That's because the UV radiation from sunbeds can damage the DNA in your skin cells, potentially leading to skin cancer down the line.

Studies have shown that the risk of skin cancer, especially melanoma, increases with the use of sunbeds. In fact, using sunbeds once a month increases the risk of skin cancer by more than 50%. A regular sunbed user under the age of 35 can increase your risk by 87%. It's like playing Russian roulette with your skin - not exactly a gamble you want to take.

But just how common is skin cancer from sunbeds? Well, let's just say it's more common than you think. According to research, about 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the US each year are attributed to indoor tanning, including the use of sunbeds.

So, while the allure of a sun-kissed glow might be tempting, the potential consequences are nothing to scoff at. Skin cancer is no joke, and the risks associated with sunbed use are as real as a bad sunburn on a summer day.

In conclusion, the link between sunbeds and skin cancer should not be taken lightly. While the promise of a bronzed body might be alluring, the statistics speak for themselves - sunbed use can significantly increase your risk of skin cancer. So, protect your skin and use sunscreen like it's your best friend.


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Setsuko Takeuchi

Setsuko is a Beauty Therapist with more than 15 years experience. After obtaining an NVQ level 3 from Exeter college, she obtained further level 4 qualifications in Laser & Light Therapy Treatments CIBTAC and Skin Needling VTCT. She has also had advanced training in Intimate Waxing from Kim Lawless.