Straight Talk About The Dangers Of Tanning

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Summer is just around the corner and the temptation to tan is, too.

Whether tanning salon or natural rays it seems that you are putting yourself at risk for melanoma.

Women ages 18-35 are more likely to get this cancer than they were 40 years ago.

The good news is that mortality rates from skin cancer are lower today but you can still be left disfigured from the disease.

“Sunscreen” is the mantra for summertime healthy skin!

Oncologists Call For An End To Tanning Beds

Skin cancers constitute nearly half of all new cancers in the United States, with more than 3.5 million new cases annually.

In the past 3 decades, melanoma-related mortality has risen in the United States by 690%.

The scientific case against tanning beds is strong. Of note, a recent study linked tanning-bed use during adolescence and early adulthood with a 2-fold increased risk for melanoma (Int J Cancer. 2011;128:2425-2435). A study of nearly 1200 melanoma patients presented at the 2012 American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting provided even more convincing evidence linking indoor tanning with invasive cutaneous melanoma, as reported by Medscape Medical News.

Nearly 26 bills intended to limit tanning bed use in the U.S have been vehemently challenged by the tanning bed industry. Nearly all were defeated.

Public safety, once again, takes a back seat to special interest.

Melanoma Risk Reduced With Vitamin A

Vitamin A may guard against melanoma, especially in women.

This is great news for those who at risk to skin cancer due to genetics or lifestyle, offering another tool in the arsenal against cancer.

There are many great food sources from which to get vitamin A including but, not limited to, sweet potatoes, carrots, beef liver, and more.

Supplements can be effective, as well

Melanoma is the sixth leading cause of cancer in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. About 76,000 cases of melanomas will be diagnosed this year, based on recent estimates.
In the study, researchers examined about 69,000 men and women, and after about six years, 566 had developed melanoma.
Among the 59,000 people in the study who had never taken vitamin A supplements, there were 506 cases of melanoma, while among the 5,800 people who were currently taking it and had used it regularly over the past 10 years, there were 28 cases.

Tanning Beds to Blame for Early Onset Skin Cancer

Warnings against sun exposure have overshadowed the risk of skin cancer caused by tanning beds.

Indoor tanning beds were officially classified as a human carcinogen in 2009 as are cigarettes and asbestos.

The findings indicate that frequent tanning-booth exposure will increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

Basal cell carcinoma, a slow-growing cancer, has traditionally been a disease of middle age. But it’s been appearing with increasing frequency in people under 40, especially in women — a demographic that also happens to like indoor tanning — suggesting a link. So researchers at the Yale School of Public Health sought to study the association.

5 Reasons Men Need to Visit the Doctor

An American Academy of Family Physicians survey found that more than half of men—55 percent—hadn’t seen their M.D. in the previous year.

It seems that men are babies when it comes to visiting the doctor!

Heart health, blood sugar, colon cancer, aneursym, and melanoma are the top 5 conditions that men need to monitor as they age.

With early detection and therapy men need not fall victim to disease and may just save their lives.

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