I want to start tanning for the summer, but it seems like every week a new report comes out warning against using tanning beds. The thing I wonder about is, if it says it doubles the risk of cancer, are your odds still really good? Let’s say the risk of getting skin cancer is 1 in a million without tanning beds, and with beds it is 1 in 500k. I would take that risk.
I was thinking of taking melanotan II so I could get tanned without any risk at all, but it has way to many side effects.
Assuming you’re not a Ginger-kid, I’d imagine taking extra time to very slowly expose yourself to UV, very gradually building up your tan would minimize the risks. I believe its the infrequent, intense bouts of radiation we expose ourselves to when going on vacation, trying to tan quickly, etc, which does the most damage.
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No, you’re right. It is burns and overdoing it that most elevates the risk of skin cancer. Nevertheless, someone who gets a lot of sun is at increased risk of getting skin cancer even if they’ve never burned. Having said that, I’m certainly not one to avoid the beach.