Tan at Your Own Risk

This is a basic indoor tanning bed that is used to catch dangerous  UV rays.

By Emily Brogdon

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (The Loop) We have all heard that beauty is pain, but how many have heard beauty is death?

That statement may be a little extreme, but studies by SkinCancer.org show indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.

Melanoma is the most dangerous and fatal form of skin cancer and is caused by intense and occasional exposure to UV rays.

With these risks, you must wonder why people still tan? Some say it makes you feel and look thinner, it relaxes you, it clears up skin blemishes, and you just feel more beautiful.

UTC Senior, Garrett Hall says, “ I think people look better with a tan, but there is a fine line between being tan and orange. Orange is not attractive.” Hall thinks that students and the general public continue to tan because they don’t know the truth or dangers of it.

Jessi Pittenger, a UTC student and Sun Tan City Employee, says that 85% of the tanning salon’s business is college students.

There are options for those who want to be tan without UV rays.  Pittenger says, “I currently work with a girl who had skin cancer on her nose and there are several others [who have skin cancer]. Some turn to spray tanning instead.”

Spring break is nearly a month away. If you want to have a sun-kissed glow when you step onto the beach, reach for the bottled tan. Experts say prevention is key to keeping your risk of melanoma low.

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