Self-Care | Healthy Skin
WellSprings Dermatology Position on Indoor Tanning
- On an average day in the United States, more than 1 million people tan in tanning salons.
- Nearly 70% of those are Caucasian girls and women primarily between the ages of 16-29.
- Nearly 28 million people tan indoors annually with 2.3 million of these teens.
- Studies have shown a 75% increase in risk of Malignant Melanoma (deadly form of skin cancer) in those who have been exposed to indoor tanning.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has categorized indoor tanning as a cancer causing agent in the same category as arsenic and cigarette smoking.
As a dermatology practice, we do NOT support the use of indoor tanning for any individuals. On a daily basis, we see the effects on the skin from the use of indoor tanning. It significantly increases the risk of Malignant Melanoma, Basal Cell Carcinomas and Squamous Cell Carcinomas. The youngest patient we have diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma is 16 and the trend is younger and younger people, especially girls, with significant cancer changes to skin moles.
We realize people think they look better with a tan and feel good when they lay in the tanning bed, but we must begin to change our thinking about the beauty of the tan and realize this beauty can take our lives. We, at Wellsprings Dermatology, are very passionate about our convictions in this matter and will gladly discuss our knowledge and experience with patients regarding the use of indoor tanning.
If you have a daughter or son wanting to utilize the tanning bed while they are under your care, please be educated on the choice you are making for your child. Please note that Kentucky requires children under the age of 18 to have parental consent to use a tanning facility. One exposure to indoor tanning prior to the age of 35 increases the risk of developing a skin cancer by 75%.
Thank you for educating yourself and feel free to discuss any questions with Dr. Evelyn Jones, Lisa Boget, PA-C and Lacy Boyd, PA-C.