Friday, December 11, 2009

Fake Baking by Emily Bierl

Do you look like a ghost with your pastey white skin? If so, why not crawl into a tanning bed. Wrong answer. It may make you look awesome by giving you a glowing tan, but what you might not know is what is going on underneath the skin. Tanning beds can cause burns, damage to the cornea, damage to the immune system, and a risk of developing melanoma cancer. Using tanning beds in a short-term process results in itchy and dry skin, where a long-term process results in wrinkled and saggy skin.

A study showed that the younger people are when they tan the more prone they are to develop cancer. Melanoma cancer can be three hundred percent more of a risk for people using tanning beds occasionally and eight hundred percent of a risk for those tanning more than ten times a year. Many organizations try to stop teen use of tanning beds, although half of the states in the U.S. do alreday ban teen use of the beds. FDA estimated that about thirty eight thousand people will be diagnosed with Melanoma just in this year and seven thousand three hundred will die from it.

Mrs. Daniels exclaimed, "I haven't tanned since my wedding because I don't want my age to progress anymore than it should!" Dana Kloewer said, "I think it's alright as long as you don't do it too much. If you start to turn orange that is a sign to quit."

In my opinion, if you do decide to tan take the precautions. Know what it will do to your body and don't over use the tanning beds. Don't forget to use your goggles and tanning lotion!

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