Answers to Common Cancer Prevention Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cancer prevention.

Is there a difference between ultraviolet light exposures outside and in a tanning bed? Is exposure in a tanning bed as harmful?

Tanning – whether you get tan outside or in a tanning bed – puts you at risk of developing skin cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF).

All tans are caused by harmful forms of ultraviolet radiation and cause damage to your skin cells. At a minimum, the damage of years of exposure to tanning can cause premature skin aging – including wrinkles, sagging skin and brown spots, according to the SCF.

Statistics show that people who use UV tanning beds and tanning lamps are 74 percent more likely to develop skin cancer than people who have only gotten tan while outside, according to the SCF.

For more information about tanning indoors and outside, talk with your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joshua Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Douglas Gaker, MD, Premier Urology Center; J. Scott Wilcher, MD, North Dayton Surgeons; Todd Hicks, Premier Plastic Surgeons; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Kenneth Reed, DO, Premier Gastroenterology Specialists; Thomas Heck, MD, Gem City Surgical Breast Cancer Center

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