Did You Know You Can Get Basal Cell Carcinoma from Excessive Tanning Bed Exposure?
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Did You Know You Can Get Basal Cell Carcinoma from Excessive Tanning Bed Exposure?

Tanning beds have been a popular way for women and men to get a tan. Everyone knows that lying out in the sun can be very dangerous without proper skin protection. For a couple of decades people have been lulled into thinking that tanning beds are a much safer option for tanning.

It seems that most people aren’t satisfied with the complexion or skin color they were born with. Beauty seems to be defined by what we see on TV and in magazines.  If you notice the actors on your favorite shows, you probably notice they have a bronzed or tan look.  Chances are those actors have been spray tanned rather than being tanned in a tanning bed.

Even though so much is published about basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and melanoma, many people continue to use tanning beds.  Some people even have tanning beds in their homes so they can tan as often and as long as they want.  It’s actually scary to see someone you know abuse themselves in this way.  This author knows one person whose skin is very dark and leathery looking.  She looks 30 years older than she really is.  Her face is wrinkled.  When this author worked with this woman she had alabaster skin and it was beautiful.  This author was more than shocked to see this same woman during the summer.  She looked nearly 70 years old and she was only in her middle 40s. The former co-worker admitted to this author that she had 2 basal cell carcinomas removed from her back.  She said she would slow down her usage of her tanning bed, but she would never stop.

It’s really quite sad when people are in such denial that they don’t see their bodies the same way that other people do.  The abuse they inflict upon themselves defies logic, yet they feel they must follow through with their habits to look a certain way or to feel a certain way about themselves.

The one thing good about basal cell carcinoma is that it is slow growing and usually doesn’t spread like other cancers do.  If you have to have cancer, BCC is the best type of cancer to have; unlike melanoma which is quite deadly.  Basal cell carcinomas can appear as nasty lesions, but can be treated quite easily.

A way to avoid possible cancer from exposure to a tanning bed is to wear sunscreen.  It may take you longer to tan, but you will be safer.  If it normally takes you 30 minutes to start to burn in direct sunlight, you could wear an SPF 15 and be fairly well protected and still get some glow to your skin. Anyone who feels they must spend hours in a tanning bed should see their dermatologists for evaluation and counseling.




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Comments (6)

The whole idea of getting tanned from a tanning bed just doesn't seem like a healthy thing to do. Thank you for the valuable information.

I don't get the tanning bed thing. They look like coffins. As for UV rays from the sun, I generally don't come out until the sun sets. Me and those pesky vampires.

very important article

I've thought that too William... they look like coffins with lights!

Exactly Chris! It's not a good thing to do from a health standpoint.

Thanks Carol.