Answers to Common Skin Cancer Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about skin cancer.

How does indoor tanning differ from being out in the sun?

Both expose your skin to UV radiation. 

Tanning beds use fluorescent bulbs that emit mostly UVA and smaller doses of UVB radiation. The amount of UVA radiation from a tanning bed is up to three times more intense than the UVA radiation in natural sunlight.

Tanning beds may be more dangerous than the sun because they can be used at the same high intensity every day of the year. With the sun, there is cloud cover, seasonal variation, and different levels of UV radiation that we are exposed to.

    Source: J. Scott Wilcher, MD, North Dayton Surgeons; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Brent Kirkland, MD, Dermatologists of Southwest Ohio; American Cancer Society; National Cancer Institute

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