Nowadays, the pressure to be tanned and beautiful like many supermodels and celebrities is affecting many people-mostly young adults and teenagers- who put their selves in danger by going for sunbeds, some more than twice a week, just so they have a tan.
Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and is caused by sun exposure and excess use of sunbeds. It is most common in people aged 15 to 34 and can be fatal. Cancer Research claims that “Using sunbeds before the age of 35 can increase the risk of getting skin cancer by 75%”. Unfortunately, children as young as 11 have been known to go for sunbeds regularly in unmanned tanning salons which means many of the public are at risk from suffering from the disease as there are roughly 10,400 cases of Malignant Melanoma each year and around 2,000 deaths from it. However, sunbeds do not only cause cancer. They also can cause severe eye damage, premature ageing and dry, blotchy skin. This will affect younger people and fairer skinned people more than others. So for the many people who believe they are gaining beauty from using sunbeds, will be very disappointed when they start suffering from these other effects of sunbeds. However many do not see the problem with going for sunbeds so often as they say it is just the same as lying out in the sun while on holiday, however, this is not the case if sun protection is used.
Many people do not realise they could gain the same tan, perhaps better, without having to use sunbeds. Many campaigners try to promote the self-tan products which are sold in most supermarkets and are an easier and healthier way to a nice tan. Although it’s not just sunbeds that many campaigns are against. They also try and prevent the use of tanning injections and tanning pills that many use, believing that it is a healthier alternative to sunbeds. The concern for tanning injections is that the drug Melanotan- a synthetic hormone that when injected stimulates...