Scottish scientists have reported that the risk of developing skin cancer due to visiting tanning salons is twice higher than because of sunbathing on the beach in the afternoon.
These are the conclusions of a new study conducted by the team of scientists from the University of Dundee. The authors studied 400 tanning salons in the UK and measured their levels of ultraviolet radiation. The average power of tanning radiation was almost two times higher than the allowable limit.
The risk of developing melanoma due to the use of powerful tanning beds was compared to the same risk of sunburn in the Mediterranean sunshine in the afternoon in summer. Sun tanning in a solarium proved to be twice as risky. In general, the risk of having problems with the skin is 6 times higher in the tanning salon if compared to natural exposure to direct sunlight.
Unfortunately, the studies have shown that, in spite of all warnings, the popularity of tanning salons is still on the rise. The authors hope that this study will make people think that it is necessary to use a solarium with caution, especially since there is a safer alternative.