Essay Effects Of Tanning

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Tanning is the darkening of the skin through indoor tanning beds or outdoor tanning. It can help against many diseases. These diseases include osteoporosis, rickets, tuberculosis and having enough vitamins in the body. Dr. Edwin E. Slosson, in the article “Tanning” makes a statement, “it seems that ultra-violet and violet rays may be positively beneficial.” At the time of his statement it was the beginning of when tanning became popular. What he was not aware of was all the long term effects of tanning. Although it was cool at the time it can cause serious damage. Being tan is a one of the most popular things among teenagers and young adults in their early twenties. The bad thing is that they may not know all the effects before…show more content…
Some of these effects include skin cancer, wrinkling of the skin, sunburn, and many more. Skin cancer is one of the major dangers of tanning. The definition of skin cancer according to Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer is the uncontrollable growth of abnormal cells (“Skin Cancer”). If these cells are not treated correctly then they could grow deeper and invade into other tissues. One of the main ways skin cancer is caused is by too much sun exposure, tanning, and sunburn. The exposure of ultraviolet-A and ultraviolet-B rays are another cause causing the skin to form skin cancer. There are three main types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, squamous-cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. The first type, according to Gale Ency of Cancer is basal cell carcinoma and it is the most common form of skin cancer; it occurs in the lowest layer of the epidermis.It is the cancer of the basal cells which are the cells that produce new cells (“Skin Cancer”). This cancer looks like a bump that is red, wrinkly, and scaly. It forms on places of the skin most exposed to the sun. For example the legs, arm, and face. This cancer mainly forms on light skinned individuals, but can also form on dark

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