Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tanned to Death

Thinking of cooking yourself to a golden brown while soaking in someone else's sweat and wearing tiny goggles? You might want to think again. A special committee of the World Health Organization's (WHO???) International Agency for Research on Cancer has concluded that UV radiation from tanning beds is as carcinogenic as asbestos, cigarettes, arsenic, and radium. The committee of twenty scientists reviewed over twenty human and animal studies and found that the risk of skin cancer increases 75% in people who use tanning beds. That includes beds that use both UV-B and UV-A light. I'm not sure whether this should be considered a definitive study survey or not, but better safe than sorry. And better soft and pale than brown and crispy. More details here.