The Ugly Truth Of Tanning

Tanning is becoming a trend at Lake Shore, but are students aware of the damage they are doing to their body?

First and foremost, there is NO such thing as a “safe” or “healthy” tan!

Whether you decide to tan in a tanning bed or under the sun, you are over exposing yourself to ultraviolet radiation.

Some teens may think a tan looks normal and more healthy, but a tan in your skin is roughly a sign that the ultraviolet radiation has already begun to damaged your skin.

Did you know that a tanning light exposes 10 to 15 times the amount of the UV radiation produced by the sun? Fact!

Do you love your young skin enough to save it? Being exposed to this UV radiation causes your skin to age more swiftly. This includes wrinkles and brown spots that are guaranteed to show up later!

Amari Willis, freshman, states; “No I do not tan because I never felt the need too. My skin color is already how I like it and tanning is bad for your skin.”

People who choose to use tanning beds before the age of 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent. (Melanoma is a type of cancer that develops from the pigment-containing cells known as melanocytes. Treatment may involve surgery, radiation, medications, or in some cases chemotherapy.)

A big factor that contributes to tanning is cancer! Yes, you read that right, you are never to young too get cancer and never to old protect yourself from it!

Tanning, not only at an early age, but at any age, can increase your risk for cancer by 75 percent from a average person who doesn’t.

Skin cancer is not the only thing you come in contact to, if you would rather have normal vision, you should stop! Eye cancer is in the works also.

Ask yourself; Is this darker pigment worth it?