Is that tan worth melanoma?

May 30, 2010 | Health Advice | By: Jennifer Brull | Tags:

Before you sign up for the multi-pack at the tanning parlor, consider whether you want melanoma later in life. People who regularly use tanning beds may double or even triple their risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, according to a new study.
The study found that people who have ever tanned indoors have about a 75 percent higher risk of melanoma, on average, than people who have never tried it.

But the risk of melanoma was much higher among frequent and long-term indoor tanners. Compared with those who had never touched a tanning bed, people who spent more than 50 hours under the lights were three times more likely to develop melanoma, according to the study, which is the largest of its kind to date.

Sunlight is needed in some quantity, as it helps our bodies produce Vitamin D, but too much of a good thing leads to sunburns and skin cancer. So, remember your SPF 30 sunscreen if you are going to spend time outdoors during the peak hours of sun exposure (10am to 3pm), and avoid tanning beds completely.