Definitive studies have proven that indoor tanning causes skin cancer.
In fact, in the United States, there are more skin cancer cases due to indoor tanning than lung cancer cases caused by smoking.
Almost 420,000 of skin cancer cases diagnosed each year are due to tanning beds, and of those, 6,200 cases are melanoma, the most serious and life-threatening form of skin cancer.
Many individuals also question the safety of self-tanning lotions and spray tans. While using these types of products is a safe alternative to indoor tanning, it is important to protect the body’s orifices when using them.
Be sure to wear a bathing suit or underwear, apply Vasoline on your lips and cover your nostrils with cotton balls before receiving a spray tan.
Other than avoiding indoor tanning, it is imperative to take other preventative measures against skin cancer, such as:
- Avoid sun exposure during peak hours (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
- Wear sun protective clothing, such as hats and shirts.
- Apply broad spectrum sun screen with an SPF of 30 or higher 15 minutes before going out in the sun. Continue to reapply every two hours.
Cone Health has an exceptional network of dermatologists, cancer specialists and other related healthcare providers dedicated to educating individuals throughout the community on skin cancer prevention.
Cone Health Cancer Center at Alamance Regional will be holding a free, educational class for the community, called “Understanding Cancer - Skin Cancer: Treatment and Prevention”, on Tuesday, May 6th from 12-1 p.m. You can register online at http://www.armc.com or call 586-4000.
Dr. Arin Isenstein is a dermatologist at Alamance Dermatology and a member of the Alamance Regional medical staff.
Dr. Isenstein received her medical degree at the University of California San Francisco. She completed her internship in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco in Fresno, California, and then completed her dermatology residency at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she served as chief resident in her final year.