The risks of indoor tanning

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by DR. WENDY SUE SWANSON

KING5.com

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Indoor tanning may pose a greater risk to your skin than you thought. KING 5’s Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician at the Everett Clinic and known to many as “Seattle Mama Doc,” has more information on the risks.

Risks of Indoor Tanning

  • Indoor tanning is a carcinogen
  • 75 percent of skin cancer in young women is due to indoor tanning
  • Tanning delivers UV radiation that changes cells and causes skin aging


JAMA Dermatology International Study

  • 1-in-5 teens have used a tanning bed
  • 35 percent of adults have used a tanning bed
  • Risk of melanoma increases by 75 percent tanning starts under age 35

What You Need To Know:

  • Tanning is risky and increases risk of cancer, especially for teens
  • You can get Vitamin D from diet and supplements
  • Tanning as young person increases wrinkles and skin cancer

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