Artificial Tanning Beds
The Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation strongly recommends avoiding the use of artificial tanning beds. There is a growing body of evidence to indicate a strong link between indoor tanning and skin cancer:
- In 2009 the World Health Organization designated tanning beds “carcinogenic to humans” – the strongest classification for cancer causing substances. Other carcinogens in the same category include tobacco, arsenic and asbestos.
- First exposure to sunbeds before age 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 75%.
- Having used a sunbed even once is associated with increased risk of melanoma by 15%.
- Tanning beds have UV doses well above what would be expected in midday sun, as much as 14 times higher UVA and 4 times higher UVB.