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Are tanning beds a safe alternative to being in the sun?


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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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