Don’t Burn Your Money By Tanning

January 14, 2013

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It is typically right around now when we look into the mirror and ask, “Who is that pale person staring back at me?”  In Durham there are several locations that offer tanning and promote specials that claim to save you money, but will you really be saving money in the long run?

Dr. Harley Haynes, vice chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and a Harvard Medical School professor stated, "There is no evidence at all that you can use UV radiation to cause tanning without increasing the risk of cancer." Having a nice bronze tint makes people feel healthy and good about themselves, but it is not necessarily the safest option. Each person has a different chance of getting cancer because it is based off genetics and the environment the person is subjected to. As a young adult we can acknowledge the fact that we are no longer invincible and our actions now may have an impact on us someday down the road. 

On June 28, 2012 the Obamacare “Tanning Tax” was officially put into place in hopes to discourage Americans from using indoor tanning facilities due to health risks. Melanoma is the most common form of skin cancer, along with the deadliest. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, when people begin tanning before the age of 35 there is a 75% increase of cancer risks. Although the tax has been implemented, many tanning salon owners have reported that their clients continue to return and that their businesses are doing perfectly fine. Although the tax is only an additional 10% onto their bronzing bill, Congress expected to collect more money for their efforts.  

Try getting your fix of sun in a different way. Long New England winters can lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which has symptoms similar to depression such as: increased sleep, social withdrawal, sluggish movements, inability to concentrate, and increased appetite. If you have had SAD symptoms in the past or want to ensure you avoid feeling this way UNH Health Services offers Light Therapy. Click here to learn more about SAD and Light Therapy Prevention at UNH.

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