Dangerous Tanning Is on the Rise, Suntan Myths Persist

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By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, May 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- While astir radical astir apt cognize it's not harmless to get a sunburn, galore whitethorn not recognize that tanning besides increases the hazard of skin cancer and premature tegument aging.

A caller survey of much than 1,000 U.S. adults by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recovered a crisp emergence successful some tanning and fig of sunburns past year, compared to 2020. And arsenic the summertime play begins, the AAD is encouraging radical to protect themselves.

"A tan is your body's effect to injury," said Dr. Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand, a Dallas-based dermatologist.

"When you tan, you are intentionally putting your wellness astatine risk," she said successful an academy quality release. "If you privation to look tan, see utilizing a self-tanning product, but proceed to usage sunscreen with it."

The AAD recommends seeking shade, particularly betwixt 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. erstwhile the sun's rays are strongest. Seek shadiness if your shadiness appears shorter than you are, Houshmand advised.

Wear sun-protective clothing, specified arsenic a lightweight long-sleeved garment and pants, a wide-brimmed chapeau and sunglasses with UV protection. Clothes with an ultraviolet extortion origin (UPF) connected the statement supply much protection.

Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 oregon higher to each exposed skin. Broad-spectrum sunscreen provides extortion from some UVA and UVB rays.

About 1 successful 5 Americans volition make tegument crab successful their lifetime, and 197,700 caller cases of melanoma, the deadliest signifier of tegument cancer, are expected to beryllium diagnosed successful the United States this year, according to AAD.

In this caller survey, 63% of respondents reported getting a suntan past year, up from 54% successful 2020. About 33% were sunburned successful 2021, compared to 25% successful 2020.

One blistering sunburn during puerility oregon adolescence tin astir treble a person's hazard of processing melanoma.

About 28% of sunburned survey respondents said their pain was atrocious capable that their apparel felt uncomfortable. Top places for getting burns were the face, arms, shoulders and neck.

And astir fractional of respondents believed 1 oregon much tanning myths, the survey found. About 22% wrongly said a basal tan volition forestall a sunburn and 18% said it would alteration the tegument crab risk. One successful 5 said they thought tanning was harmless arsenic agelong arsenic they didn't pain and 13% thought tanning was healthy.

About 53% said radical with tanned tegument look healthier.

About 39% of respondents were unaware of 1 oregon much sunburn risks. Among those: that it is imaginable to get sunburned connected a cloudy time oregon done a car window; that radical with acheronian tegument tin burn, and that sunburns summation tegument crab risk.

"This summation successful sunburns is precise concerning," Houshmand said. "Both tanning and sunburning harm your skin. The much you tan and sunburn, the much this harm builds up implicit time, expanding your hazard of premature tegument aging, including property spots, sagging and wrinkling, and tegument cancer.”

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has much connected tegument cancer.

SOURCE: American Academy of Dermatology, quality release, May 24, 2022

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