Tanning bed rays twice as risky as sun
If you've heard it once, you've heard it a dozen times: Tanning beds are really bad for your skin. And now a new study published in the British Journal of Dermatology hasfound that the rays of a tanning bed are twice as likely to give you skin cancer as the rays of the midday sun.
In fact, in one of the tanning beds that was tested, the risk of skin cancer was six times higher than exposure to the mid-day sun in the Mediterranean. Plus, the average tanning bed tested for the study gave off two times more radiation than the limit recommended by British and European Union guidelines.
Despite several previous studies that link tanning bed use to four different kinds of skin cancer, tanning bad use continues to rise across Europe and the United States. The research indicates that local authorities need to work harder to ensure that recommendations for UV radiation levels set by federal governments are actually being met by tanning salons.