TIL that tanning in a UV bed a single time increases a person’s risk of developing melanoma by 20 percent.

Read more: https://stanmed.stanford.edu/2015summer/surviving-melanoma.html

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  1. I’m going to hop on this train because I lost my best friend to metastatic melanoma in 2020 and it was a brutal, painful death. She was not an indoor tanner but she really regretted not taking UV safety more seriously.

    From the [American Academy of Dermatology](https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/skin-cancer/surprising-facts-about-indoor-tanning):

    – Just one indoor tanning session can increase the risk of developing skin cancer (melanoma by 20%, squamous cell carcinoma by 67%, and basal cell carcinoma by 29%).
    – The evidence that indoor tanning dramatically increases your risk of getting skin cancer is so strong that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires warning labels on all indoor tanning equipment.
    – Women who tan indoors before they turn 30 are 6 times more likely to get melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer.

    For the love of God, don’t use tanning booths. Protect your skin when you’re going to be out in the sun.

  2. I’ve never understood why tan skin is so desirable. Is there some evolutionary component to it, or is it just a look promoted by Big Lotion and the melanoma treatment industry?

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