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The darker side of sun tanning

Tuesday, February 13, 2001

With spring break, prom and the summer rapidly approaching, people are flocking to the tanning beds to get a head start on their perfectly bronzed bodies.

Understand the longterm risks and guidelines of tanning before you hit the tan bed.

According to experts, tanning indoors damages the healthy skin because indoor tanning devices emit ultraviolet rays. Tanning occurs when the skin produces additional pigment to protect itself against burn from ultraviolet rays. Overexposure to these rays can cause wrinkling of the skin, light-induced skin rashes and increase the chances of skin cancer.

Whether tanning is done inside or outside, the skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation. The damage from the ultraviolet radiation depends on the length of time the skin is in the ultraviolet light and the intensity of the radiation.

Light is radiation and a person's body can only absorb so much radiation over a period of time before things will break down and become cancerous.

Read the rest of this article in the 2/10 Pilot Tribune.

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