The Truth About Indoor Tanning
MetroHealth skin expert William Lee Camp Jr., MD, MPH, strongly urges his patients and the public to not use indoor tanning beds.
Throughout his career, Dr. William Lee Camp has worked tirelessly to create legislation that imposes restrictions on tanning bed usage in minors.
Why is he so passionate about the dangers of indoor tanning?
Two words: Skin cancer.
Dr. Camp cites these staggering statistics from the American Academy of Dermatology to explain the importance from staying away from the tanning bed:
- Studies have found a 75 percent increase in the risk of melanoma in those who have been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning — and the risk increases with each use.
- Indoor tanning equipment, which includes all artificial light sources, including beds, lamps, bulbs, and booths, emits UVA and UVB radiation. The amount of harmful radiation produced during indoor tanning is similar to the sun, and in some cases might be stronger.
Dr. Camp encourages those who seek a tan to use safer alternatives:
Sunless Tanning Lotions
There are many varieties of sunless tanning lotions. These lotions come in a number of skin tones and benefit your skin by moisturizing.
Another alternative is spray tanning. This substitute is done in a few minutes at a salon and isn't as messy as lotions.
The skin experts at MetroHealth encourage everyone to better understand the risks of tanning. Speak to a dermatologist if you have specific questions. To make an appointment with a dermatologist call 216-778-DERM (3376) or request an appointment online.