I know this isn't exactly fashion-related, but this news was too important not tell you about, especially since SO MANY college students go tanning on a regular basis.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer announced today that tanning beds are now classified as a Group 1 carcinogen, joining asbestos, mustard gas, plutonium, sunlight, and tobacco smoke on the list of the world's most dangerous cancer-causing agents.
In addition to this, data published in Lancet Oncology show that people who use tanning beds before the age of 30 are 75% more likely to develop melanoma than if they had never used a tanning bed before 30. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, responsible for the most skin cancer deaths each year. College students, therefore, are at a major risk here.
While maybe the dangers of skin cancer aren't news, this is an important reminder to stay away from tanning beds!
Melanoma is a HUGE problem among college-age women, and being tan is just NOT worth the risk. There are tons of great self-tanning products out there that look just as good as a real tan, minus the risk of death. I'm a big fan of self-tanning and make sure to never tan in the sun or a tanning bed. Despite what some might think, there's nothing fashionable about tanning in the sun or in a bed. It's completely uncool as well as completely dangerous.
Think about it - is it really worth risking your life to be tan? Of course it's not. Please think before you use a tanning bed or go out in the sun without SPF 15 or higher. You could be saving your own life.
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