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Jun 24, 2010

Why Skin Cancer IS on the Rise

As more people pursue a perpetual summer-style tan through the use of tanning beds, there has been an alarming increase in the rate of skin cancer, especially among young women. Most specifically, melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has risen among women ages 25-29, especially among chronic tanning salon customers. In a recent study by the University of Michigan, frequent tanning bed users proved three times more likely to develop melanoma than non-users. The darker pigment the skin develops as a result of exposure is actually the body’s response to damage and it’s inherit need to protect itself. The study also showed that tanning beds can actually become addictive by producing endorphins that tanners become accustomed to. Fortunately, skin cancer is a highly preventable disease when measures are taken to protect oneself from high levels of UV exposure. Unfortunately there are millions of young people exposing themselves daily to increased risks of developing this very deadly cancer.

Dr. Kerry Ferguson