As we get ready to announce our 2018 Media Award winner, we caught up with past recipient Jenna Rosenstein, who won for her article highlighting indoor tanning on campuses. Two years later, the impact of the article is still reverberating and remains an important topic of conversation.
When you consider the dangers of indoor tanning, it’s difficult to believe the practice is still legal for anyone, let alone children. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a proven human carcinogen, and more than 419,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year are linked to indoor tanning. Yet we know that teenagers around the country are still using UV tanning beds.
Did you know more people develop skin cancer because of indoor tanning than develop lung cancer because of smoking? Dermatologist Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, president of The Skin Cancer Foundation, shares five more good reasons to just say no to tanning beds.
A former tanning salon employee shares a peek inside the tanning world and why she’s glad she’s seen the light.
Even after hearing that women who have ever been indoor tanning are six times more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma in their 20s than those who have never done so, it’s hard to believe skin cancer can happen at such a young age. Most young indoor tanners probably don’t believe it can happen to them.
The medical community and organizations like The Skin Cancer Foundation have been warning people for years to stop tanning. Hundreds of former tanners who became skin cancer patients have shared their stories online and cautioned people not to make the same mistakes. So why do some people continue to tan? New research confirms that for some, quitting tanning is not that simple.
Ideally, everyone’s sun protection education would begin at an early age. Learning to seek the shade, apply sunscreen and never tan are lessons that help keep you safe both during childhood and later in life. Some of us, however, don’t commit to a sun protection regimen until a little later in life.