New congressional reports are accusing tanning salons of lying to their customers about the dangerous side of tanning in order to continue having a successful business. The study has found that often, tanning salons aren’t just downplaying the risks of tanning they’re promoting benefits that don’t exist to a young clientele that may not know better about tanning.
Ninety percent of the salons told them indoor tanning posed no health dangers. Seventy-eight percent claimed indoor tanning would actually improve health, preventing diseases ranging from arthritis to lupus. 51% denied that indoor tanning increases the risk of skin cancer.
Many dermatologists, such as Dr. Rhonda Rand, say nothing could be more misleading.
“It is so false,” she emphasizes. “We know that skin cancer, especially melanoma, is on the rise, especially in women in their 20s, because they went to tanning salons in their teenage years.”
Studies show the risk of melanoma, a most common form of cancer among white women between 15 and 29, goes up 75 percent when tanning bed use begins before the age of 30.