Is a Golden Glow Worth the Health Risks?

Getting a summer’s glow in the middle of winter is easily attainable by hopping in a tanning bed.  While many think indoor tanning is a safe alternative to sunbathing, recent research has revealed that even indoor tanning is more dangerous than once thought.

Research suggests that individuals between 18 and 39 who use tanning beds are 41 percent more likely to develop melanoma, a common form of skin cancer.  More than 1,200 people die each year from skin cancer, which is mainly caused by UV radiation.

Some tanning bed users may choose tanning indoors because they think it does not expose them to harmful UV radiation like the sun does.  However, tanning beds use UV light to give your skin that golden glow, therefore they are still dangerous to your skin.

A state in Australia has taken a firm stance against tanning beds due to the mounting body of research pointing to dangerous consequences; they claim that commercial solariums will be illegal within three years

Before tanning indoors, consider if the health risks (and associated medical costs) are worth the temporary bronze look.  Cutting tanning out of your lifestyle will not only benefit your budget, but also your health. 

Another way to increase your healthy lifestyle is by making sure your Wisconsin health insurance policy is providing enough protection.  Contact us today if you have any questions regarding your policy.

-Sam

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