Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses the study that found indoor tanning causes more cancer than smoking It’s no secret that indoor tanning is dangerous. To see just how harmful tanning beds can be, researchers recently compared prolonged UV exposure with other negative habits. The study results suggest that indoor tanning may result in more cases of cancer than smoking alone.

Tanning beds are often linked to skin cancer, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger strongly urges his patients to avoid indoor tanning. The UV lamps in tanning beds give off 10 to 15 times more radiation than the sun, which puts users at an even higher risk of developing melanoma.

The study included research that showed how common indoor tanning is among adults and teenagers. Out of the 500,000 people who participated, nearly 36 percent of the adults and 20 percent of the teenagers admitted to using a tanning bed.

Researchers also examined cancer rates and found that the number of skin cancer cases outweigh the number of lung cancer cases each year. While smoking causes around 363,000 cases of lung cancer annually, there are an estimated 419,000 cases of basal and squamous cell carcinomas. Additionally, there are around 11,000 cases of melanoma that could be linked to the use of tanning beds.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is passionate about proper sun protection.

As a board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a strong advocate for practicing healthy skin care. He supports the ban of tanning beds for all minors in hopes that it will save future generations from melanoma and other skin cancers.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger also recommends wearing sunscreen every day, even if you aren’t exposed to direct sunlight. He is especially supportive of the use of sunscreen in schools, where many administrators have banned the use of sun protection for children. ┬áDr. Joel Schlessinger appeared on the Huffington Post last year to discuss the implications of this ban.

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Posted Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 7:57 pm
Filed Under Category: Research and Studies, Skin Cancer, Skin Care Myths, Sun Damage, Sun Protection
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