According to the experts at The Skin Cancer Foundation, there are five important reasons to give up tanning in the new year:
1. Studies Link UV Exposure to Melanoma
According to a new study by researchers at The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the genetic mutations that lead to melanoma are primarily caused by UV exposure.
2. Tanning Beds Increase the Risk of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers
People who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma.
3. UV Exposure Causes Skin Aging
Up to 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by UV exposure.
4. Tanning is No Longer Fashionable
Celebrities, models and fashion insiders all know tanning is no longer in style.
5. Proposed tax on indoor tanning
The US Senate’s approval of a 10 percent excise tax on the use of indoor tanning beds as part of the new healthcare reform bill (H.R. 3590) is an important step forward in the fight against skin cancer.
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