Many people like to use tanning beds to sustain a nice summer tan all year round. Tanning beds are beds that use ultraviolet rays (UV) to give the user a cosmetic tan. Each suntanning bed contains a set of Fluorescent lights to shine on the user giving them the sun kissed look.
We all know someone who has visited a tanning bed. Whether the reason was to get a base tan for a vacation, or wanting a little color for prom, people who use tanning beds are the most susceptible for developing skin cancer. The negative effects of using a tanning bed, cancer and expensive treatments, are why tanning beds should be banned for everyone of all ages. The three main types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, and squamous cell carcinoma, according to the article “Sun Exposure, Skin Cancer, and Other Skin Damage,” on WebMD.
With a simple phrase in any search engine, you will find countless articles showing definitive proof that tanning of any kind can be harmful. Artificial UV exposure such as tanning beds tend to be the argument of the decade waging war on those who care about other's health way too much vs people who want to appear darker for looks only to be seen 30 years later as a wrinkled, and leathery sun spot attraction. There tends to be little ground on the people in the middle. To those who maybe go tanning for a week straight for a wedding or a comparable large occasion, a tanning bed may not be life threatening. Many who carry a genotype of melanoma will not be aware due to it staying dormant; however, very little UV ray exposure could act as a catalyst to that same carrier.
Every year, the indoor-tanning industry makes approximately 5 billion dollars (Wingert). Tanning attracts all different kinds of people for numerous reasons. People want that crisp glow and dark skin that is not always offered during every season. There are individuals who believe tanning is beneficial; however, others believe that tanning is not healthy because of research. It is proven through research that tanning can lead in negative outcomes because of the strength of the rays, decreased vitamin D, and the increased risk for Skin Cancer.
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.
Why do people choose to change who they are? In modern society, many people are dissatisfied with their own appearance. Therefore, they choose to take the plastic surgery in order to alter what they look, such as rhinoplasty, double eyelid surgery and liposuction.
In this essay you will read about how scientists from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania are coming up with healthier ways for people to get a tan. I will explain how the body chemically changes it’s skin tone when exposed to natural sunlight and how skin tone varies upon all people. At the end of my essay I will share my own thoughts on tanning and the importance of taking caution while tanning. The article New Pathways That Control Skin Tanning, Lightening (2016) by The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine explains the brand new study performed by scientists that could change the way millions of Americans tan. An important question some may have is, what is tanning and how is it harmful
Indoor tanning is a recent practice. But it has gained a lot of popularity in a short period of time. Yet, masses are not familiar with the concept of an indoor tanning lotion. People think indoor tanning lotions are used to cure the repercussions of direct sunlight. Such people need to become more aware.
“Warning: That Tan Could Be Hazardous” by Sabrina Tavernise appeared on New York Times, in the January 10, 2015. In her article, Tavernise insists that indoor tanning provides people with skin cancer which might bring them to having melanoma (the most serious type of skin cancer). Sabrina Tavernize says that many factors, including genetics, are at play with skin cancer, one of the largest is the ultraviolet light, which people get during tanning process, it exposures its non burning ray to getting melanoma. Teenage girls from different states, who were intervied said, that tan skin makes them feel “… more confident and more comfortable...,” when they walk around, but they don’t realize what the risk is. According to the information used in the article, tanning beds account approximately 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the United States each year, with 6,000 cases of melanoma.
I am a 9th grade student at the Central East High School. Our English class recently read and watched your article on “High School Tanning Grounds”, and as a class discussed how we felt about it, and rather we agree or not. I agree with you, there are many labels that exist in high school, and after reading this article I have a better perspective on how someone can be labeled. What really stuck with me was when you said, “No wondered so many of my people spit bars because the truth is too hard to handle.” This stood out to me because it is so true.