Don’t go near the cancer machine

Would you pay to get cancer? Studies show that more than 1 million people a day pay to use a machine that seriously increases their cancer risk. But you can save your money and your health.

Research at Dartmouth shows that if you expose yourself to ultraviolet light by tanning with a radiation lamp or tanning booth, you significantly bump up your chances of skin cancer. Teenagers and young adults are particularly vulnerable.

“Our findings suggest that teens and young adults who seek indoor tanning may be especially vulnerable to developing BCC (basal cell carcinomas), the most common form of skin cancer, at a young age,” says researcher Margaret Karagas, co-director of the Cancer Epidemiology and Chemopreventon Research Program at Dartmouth. “But a recent survey in New Hampshire, where our study was conducted, found that 74 percent of high schools have at least one tanning salon within 2 miles, and an additional 22 percent have easy access to a tanning salon. We need to help young people understand these risks.”

The research explains that indoor tanning products produce 10 to 15 times as much ultraviolet radiation as the midday sun.

Carl Lowe

By Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.