No, tanning beds are just as
damaging as the sun because they emit similar ultraviolet radiation that can
cause the same type of sunburn and mutations in the skin. The World Health
Organization has classified indoor tanning devices as cancer-causing agents.
Research shows that those who use indoor tanning devices have up to a 75% increased
risk of melanoma. The risk increases with greater years of use, number of
sessions or total hours of use. The federal government is considering
regulating access to tanning parlors by minors because of the health problems
they pose, which is a step that some states and localities have already taken.
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