July 29, 2009

Surprise! Tanning Beds Aren't Good For You

Not sure if you haven't figured this out for yourself yet, but tanning beds -- not the beds thing for your health and well-being. Sure, they make you look hot, which - duh, very important, but is it worth all of the future aggravations? I suppose the same question can be proposed to those who smoke cigarettes, marijuana, crack, meth, etc. I'm sure all of those things are good at the moment - but is it worth the repercussions?

I digress...tanning beds. International cancer experts have moved tanning beds and ultraviolet radiation into the top cancer risk category saying both are a definite cause of cancer. Nawwww, really?!?! Who didn't know this already?? Apparently, the "news" is this elevation of scare, seeing as how previously, scientists described the beds and UV rays as simply having "probable carcinogens."
The new classification means tanning beds and ultraviolet radiation are definite causes of cancer, alongside tobacco, the hepatitis B virus and chimney sweeping, among others.

"Definite cause of cancer" or "probably carcinogens" -- call these warnings what you will, people are still going to go tanning. Let's get serious. In 1920, cigarettes were associated with "probable carcinogens," and when that was elevated to a Red Alert of "definite cause of cancer" did people stop smoking? No. In fact, companies poured more money into advertising to engage newcomers and sustain the already-addicted.

Numbers don't lie, however. A analysis of 20 studies concluded the risk of skin cancer jumps by 75 percent when people start using tanning beds before the age of 30. Welp, looks like I'm screwed. I need to even out my tan for Danielle Harth and Ryan Cervone's wedding weekend!!

This post reminds me of my very first post, which you can read HERE.