Posts Tagged ‘skin cancer’

On October 9, California passed legislation to prohibit tanning for individuals below the age of 18. The old law set the age at 14, and allowed teenagers between 15 and 17 to fake bake with their parent’s permission. This law is setting a new stage in tanning legislation considering the highest age limit in any state was 16.

The law has been issued because of the damage UV exposure has on skin. There is a strong correlation between the tanning bed fad and the rise of melanoma in young women. Considering the magnitude of this health hazard it is comforting to know that the state of California is taking a strong stance.

Despite the reasoning for the decision, the Indoor Tanning Association is simply seeing the effect it will have on their businesses since the under-18 crowd represents about five to 10 percent of their customers. Unfortunately, I doubt those over 18 will get the message.

What I don’t understand about tanning is the reasoning behind it. It is an aesthetic indulgence, yet its effects are entirely detrimental. At a time when people are more than ever obsessed with youth, with 20-year-olds using cell rejuvenating serums and Botox parties are no longer an exaggeration, I am confused about the success of this business.

Tanning causes aging and cancer, yet people can’t seem to get enough. If youth is so important, why not completely abandon tanning and just use all the amazing sunless tanning options? Then again, I guess tanning has never been an issue for me, but I’m genuinely asking, what is the appeal of the harmful tan?

-Nadjma Sako

Coffee. The word alone can perk up the drowsiest of college students, but this deliciously addictive pick-me-up’s resume lists more than just keeping you awake during that boring lecture. For those of you who add an extra 20 minutes to your walk to campus just so you can get your tall, nonfat latte, coffee has been making quite a name for itself in the news recently.

In September alone, coffee has been found not only to decrease regular drinkers’ risks of developing skin cancer, but also to cut the risk of depression in women, and reduce the risk of potential strokes. Sounds like a pretty good deal, right? Well, the good news doesn’t stop there.  According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, coffee has plenty of other health benefits, including decreased risks for: type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and types of dementia.

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You’ve heard it a billion times. Don’t go tanning, it will give you skin cancer. So, I’m going to say it again. Don’t go tanning. Maybe I’m being hypocritical since I’ve gone tanning before, but at least I can say it was for a very short time. I went a couple of times before my senior prom and haven’t gone since. Nowadays, tanning has become an addiction for some people–just like people become addicted to drugs or alcohol. It’s sad that people continue to harm their bodies to enhance their physical appearance.

I’m not going to deny that I like the way I look better when I’m tan than when I’m not. I just think that people need to become more aware of alternatives that can get the job done safely. I’ve recently been trying out spray tans and absolutely love them. Although I wish they stayed on longer, I know that at least I’m not causing damage to my skin in the process. Other sunless tanning products like creams, gels, and lotions work the same way as spray tans do by having the active ingredient dihydroxyacetone react with your dead skins cells. The coloring from these products gradually fade as the dead skins cells slough off after a few days. Although it may be annoying to constantly apply creams or get spray tans, it’s better than potentially increasing your risk for skin cancer or looking like an old hag by the time you’re thirty.

–Jeanine Guzman