The Truth about Tanning

If you’ve ever used a tanning bed – even once – you have a 75% increased risk of melanoma.  And if you’ve been a tanning salon regular, you have up to a 400% increased risk of melanoma, according to Brundha Balaraman, MD, a dermatologist at Washington University in St. Louis.  Dr. Balaraman sees the tragic consequences of tanning in her clinic—young adults in their twenties with more than 20 basal cell carcinomas and even melanoma.  Crying, they tell her they never knew this could happen from tanning.  These are young adults, moms with young children, people with their lives ahead of them.  And skin cancer kills them.