Growing up on the Jersey Shore, it’s a given that I love going to the beach. The beach had so much to offer, from body surfing in the ocean to reading a book in the hot sand to tanning. Spending my whole summer at the beach, obviously I love to fry up and get a little color. I love when you can see the tan lines of your bathing suit and the freckles on your nose start to pop out. However, when the summer ends so does your tan. No more tan lines showing which bathing suit you were wearing that day and no more freckles on your face. The weather soon changes and instead of wearing bathing suits we are wearing heavy jackets. Soon enough the post-depression of summer ends, but it was not until a friend had mentioned that she still goes tanning even in the winter. She explained and even brought me to a tanning salon where she says she visits quite frequently so she doesn’t lose that summer glow. I thought what a great idea in order to stay tan, but are tanning beds actually safe for us? There are two possible hypothesis before researching more into the topic. The Null Hypothesis being that nothing bad for your health happens when you use a tanning bed, while the Alternative Hypothesis would be something bad for your happens when you use a tanning bed.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, tanning beds use two different types of UV rays, UVB, which helps build melanin, and UVA, which helps turn that melanin into a bronze. Each time you decide to use a tanning bed, you increase your chances of getting melanoma, the most dangerous skin disease.
So, is there a difference between tanning in a bed or tanning outside?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, tanning in a bed is more dangerous. Although you are only receiving a tan for a short period of time, the UV rays you are being exposed to are at higher levels than the sun outside.
Since the Alternative Hypothesis that tanning beds cause something bad for you was true, I thought I’d take it a step further to prove how bad tanning beds really can be for you.
A study by Bonial and other collegues was determined to discover if tanning beds were linked with melanoma. This meta-analysis was based on 27 different studies in order to determine a conclusion. Throughout the study it was noted that after each use of a tanning bed one had a 1.8% increase of receiving the cancer. Other data showed that in 3,438 cases of melanoma were linked to people using tanning beds. The conclusion of this study proved that tanning beds do indeed increases one’s chances of getting melanoma.
The data alone shows that by using a tanning bed, your chances of getting cancer increases with each use. Although my friend decided to use a tanning bed, I believe it is safer not to use one. I rather just wait until summer to lay on the beach and get a healthy tan!