Tans Are Now Safe fully supports and assists in the education provided by the Skin Cancer Foundation. They are the only international organization devoted solely to combating the world’s most common cancer, now occurring at epidemic levels.
Most people don't realize that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world, with more than 3.5 million new cases diagnosed annually. One of every three cancers diagnosed is a skin cancer, and up to 65,161 people die every year from it. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than all other types of cancer-combined. The incidence of melanoma continues to rise at a rate faster than that of any of the seven most common cancers.
Both UVA and UVB rays are dangerous to the skin, and can induce skin cancer, including melanoma. Blistering sunburns in early childhood increase risk, but cumulative exposure also is a factor. Frequent tanners using using new high-pressure sunlamps may receive as much as 12 times the annual UVA dose compared to the dose they receive from natural sun exposure.
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Facts About Melanoma
Melanoma is expected to strike 62,000 Americans this year and kill 7,600. While melanoma accounts for only about 4 percent of all skin cancer cases, it causes almost 80 percent of skin cancer deaths.
Moles or other spots on the skin that are changing in size, shape, or color should be evaluated promptly. The warning signs of melanoma are often called the ABCD’s:
A - asymmetry. One half of a mole or pigmented spot doesn’t match the other half.
B - border irregularity. The edges are notched, ragged or blurred.
C - color. It varies from one part of the mole or spot to another. There may be shades of tan, brown, black and sometimes white, red or blue.
D - diameter greater than that of a pencil eraser.
Melanomas can develop from or near an existing mole, or away from such blemishes. They appear most often on the upper backs of men or women or the legs of women, but they can occur anywhere on the body.
The main preventable cause of melanoma is excessive sun exposure. So doctors advise avoiding or limiting sun exposure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and using protective clothing and sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 15. Severe sunburns in childhood may particularly increase the risk of melanoma in later life, so children in particular should be protected, doctors say.
When melanoma is caught in its earliest stages and removed, it is highly curable. Untreated, melanoma can spread quickly into the body from the skin.
Sources: Associated Press, American Cancer Society
**Please seek medical expertise if you have any of the listed warning signs**
Melanoma is the most serious of Skin Cancers, almost 9,000 people die from melanoma in the U.S. every year. Non melanoma cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma have reached critical levels, with squamous cell carcinoma killing 2,500 people each year. It is the consensus this is due to the damaging effects of our tanning habits.
All ages, all skin types, men and women... the damage we do today can show much later in life.
*Warning: The following images may be graphic
Images of Skin Cancer and Scars
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Adhering to safety guidelines will help to avoid overexposure while tanning in the natural sun and tanning devices.