A single session in a tanning bed can increase your risk of developing melanoma by 20%.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -Being that it’s winter and we all tend to lose that summer glow; you may be tempted to hit the tanning salon. While there’s nothing wrong with spray tans, doctors warn against the dangers of using tanning beds.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, over 9 million adults in the U.S. tan indoors. Studies show that a single session in a tanning bed can increase your risk of developing melanoma by 20%.
“It’s actually ranked as one of the most damaging things you can do. It’s up there with smoking and plutonium exposure,” says Sarah Rodolph, a nurse practitioner with Monument Health.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and young to middle-aged women are more likely to get it.
At Monument Health they highly encourage people to protect themselves from harmful UV rays.
“Applying sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher every day is important. Reapplying that every two hours that you’re outside is also really important to help the damage to your skin,” says Rodolph.
The rule about sunscreen applies for all seasons of the year. During the winter, the sun reflects off of the snow, making you prone to sunburn.
If you want that glow in the winter, your best option is spray tans or tinted lotions. Along with the dangers of cancer, unhealthy amounts of sun exposure can lead to premature aging.
If you see anything abnormal on your skin or any new moles, it’s best to be safe and get it checked out by a dermatologist.