Does Tanning Cause Skin Cancer?

by Megan van Deusen

What does "Tanning" include?

Tanning involves any exposure to the sun, and in particular ultraviolet, including both outdoor and indoor exposure (such as tanning beds). Any exposure to sun is considered dangerous for your health in the long run.

Ultraviolet Radiation

What does Ultraviolet Radiation do?

Ultraviolet Radiation comes directly from the sun. UV-A and UV-B radiation pass through the ozone layer, while the ozone layer absorbs UV-C radiation. All UV-A radiation passes through the ozone layer, and is most commonly in contact with the human body. UV-A rays give skin its initial tan color, but prolonged exposure to UV-A can lead to damage to the immune system and the formation of cataracts, as well as wrinkles in the skin.

So, can it cause Skin Cancer?

There are multiple articles that support and dislike tanning. Most studies suggest not staying out for a period of time just to say away from UV-rays. UV radiation can lead to premature skin aging (wrinkles, lax skin, brown spots, and more), as well as skin cancer.