Thanks to all that helped me find the actual WHO document!
It was just as I suspected. The WHO report is actually quite level headed and reasonable. I agree with 98% of their recommendations.
But when it comes to the media reports of tanning beds being as dangerous as arsenic and right up there with smoking … it’s all exaggerated hype.
One of the ‘reports’ said that they found that 95% of the skin cancer sufferers had used a tanning bed at least once in their life – so therefore, using a tanning bed increases your risk of skin cancer. And, most had used a tanning bed before the age of 35, so using a tanning bed before the age of 35 increases your risk of skin cancer by an additional 75%. Huh?
That’s like saying if you’ve ever eaten a chocolate chip cookie, your risk of getting diabetes is 95%. I guess chocolate chip cookies should be banned too. I mean, isn’t that ridiculous?
Whether it’s sunlight, tanning beds, alcohol, cookies, or even exercise, too much of a good thing is bad. Use a little common sense and you’ll be fine.
to read the WHO report >>> (thanks to Katie!)