Tanning Beds Won’t Cause Skin Cancer – True or False

FALSE – According to SkinCancer.org, just ONE tanning booth visit, 1) will increase your risk of melanoma by 20% 2) will increase your risk of basal cell carcinoma by 29% and 3) will increase your risk of squamous cell carcinoma by a whopping 67% . A spokesperson for The Skin Cancer Foundation pointed out that there seems to be a cultural disconnect between the risk of skin cancer and the desire for a ‘healthy glow.’ Since physical appearance may mean more than long-range health effects, a new study suggests that pointing out the negative cosmetic effect of tanning, such as age spots and wrinkling, may have more impact than the fear of skin cancer.