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!)
I drove my hubby crazy I’m sure when this first hit the news. I knew it had to be bogus. We have lived up here in the Seattle area all our lives. There are tanning beds everywhere because it’s the only sun we get up here.
I told him if that was the case then wouldn’t we have an incredibly high rate of skin cancer up here? Yet, it is nothing I’ve heard of being a local problem. We should truly be epidemic because most of us start in the tanning beds before we hit 13! I’m so tired of the media being all hype/drama and no facts. It’s disgusting 🙁
I was thinking it would be interesting to survey tanning bed users and see what percentage have had any skin cancer.
Just remember to be responsible. Not too much time for your skin type, even if the operators automatically give you max time as I hear many do. Speak up. And always wear your eye protection.
ohhh, I just noticed the Avon sale! Look to the right >>> cool!
It’s nice to know that you guys are helping educate the world about cancer. Thanks for the post.