The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports:
“The skin cancer epidemic continues to grow,” it says in boldface letters. Dr. Louis Barich, a Southwest Ohio dermatologist and member of the ODA, said there is plenty of evidence that tanning beds are a detriment to health.
He also says natural UV radiation can be just as harmful.
“There is no such thing as a safe tan, no such thing as a healthy tan,” Barich said. “I tell my patients about the risks of skin cancer formation, the increased aging of the skin. I tell them about the deterioration of the immune system.”
Contrary to Dr. Barich’s assertion, the vast majority of people who spend time in the sun do not get melanoma or other skin cancers. Click for CDC melanoma rates. Note that melanoma rates in many sunshine states (e.g., Florida, California, Texas) are relatively low. Tans can also be protective against sunburn — a skin cancer risk factor.