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Tanning: a glow that can kill

Lillie C., Staff Reporter
January 18, 2012
Filed under Opinion

The bronzed and beautiful citizens in America are going to be confronted soon with a battle that is going to be difficult to defeat, skin cancer. Tanning is one of the most reckless things a teen can do to his or her body, along with doing meth or driving drunk down a highway on a rainy night with ice on the road!  And with Miss. PHS coming around the corner, these killer tans are increasing rapidly.

If a teen goes to a tanning bed one time in their teen years, even if it is only for ten minutes, they have increased their risk of getting the deadly skin cancer called melanoma by 75%. Melanoma is the most deadly and caustic type of skin cancer out there. Indoor tanning, either in a bed or a standing booth, emits Ultraviolet Radiation (UVR), which is a proven human carcinogen. This means it causes cancer!

The United States is one of the few countries in the entire world where being pale is frowned upon while being tan is idolized. The double standard is destructive to young girls who are growing up seeing and hearing that being pale is bad.     There is no safe tan unless it is coming from a bottle. So why are people still stepping into these lighted coffins? Not only does tanning lead to melanoma, it also leads to pre-mature aging. This means that people who tan on a regular or sporadic basis will have hands and faces of people in their 60s before their time. That is just plain sad. And for what? A glow that can kill? 

Tanning is dangerous, no doubt about it. The United States government has a higher tax on tanning salons to try to deter citizens from going to tanning beds, but they do not show any signs of stopping. Tanning is addictive, disparaging, and a deadly killer.