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Five reasons to give up tanning in the new year

Posted on: January 5, 2010

The new year is here and in the spirit of being healthier the experts at The Skin Cancer Foundation have identified five important reasons to give up tanning in 2010:

1.    Studies Link UV Exposure to Melanoma:  According to a definitive new study by researchers at The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the genetic mutations that lead to melanoma are primarily caused by UV exposure. 

2.    Tanning Beds Increase the Risk of  Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers:  People who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma. 

3.    UV Exposure Causes Skin Aging:  Up to 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by  UV exposure. 

4.    Tanning is No Longer Fashionable:  Celebrities, models and fashion insiders all know tanning  is no longer in style. 

5.    Proposed tax on indoor tanning:  The U.S. Senate’s approval of a 10 percent excise tax on the use of indoor tanning beds as part of the new healthcare reform bill (H.R. 3590) is an important step forward in the fight against skin cancer.  To sign a letter in support of this tax, click here.

So if you want a tan you should look for sunless solutions like spray-tan instead.  According to George Van Horn, an IBISWorld senior analyst, “sunless tanning accounted for roughly 11 percent of tanning-salon revenues two years ago and may reach as high as 17 percent for 2009.  And as technology improves for the spray tan, most industry insiders predict that it will continue to lure customers away from traditional tanning beds.”

To learn more about the tanning salon business, click here.

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