Tanning and Skin Cancer

Essay by MySunShineBear89High School, 10th gradeA-, May 2006

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"Skin cancer is the most common of all human cancers. Some forms of skin cancer are diagnosed in more than one million Americans each year." (www.emedicinehealth.com/text/13593.htm) says Dr. Michael Lehrer. The most prominent cause of skin cancer is over-exposure to sunlight and/or sunlamps. Another doctor, Dr. Boiko, says that some patients are surprised to learn that their skin damage (that they are seeking medical help and procedures for) was from radiation from the sun or tanning light, in some cases both (American Cancer Society-www.cancer.org) There is much evidence to show that excessive exposure to the sun and/or U.V tanning beds increase the risks of obtaining skin cancer.

There are many causes of skin cancer. Some of them include U.V. tanning beds, (i.e.: over exposure to sunlight and sunlamps.) immune system disorders, and x-rays, but the most common of all is tanning. ?Lights may increase one?s risk of suffering skin damage? (Lynne Lamberg, 1990).

The truth of it all is that tanning is one of the most dangerous things that a person can do to themselves. ?UVA alone may lead to development of skin cancer.? (The Skin Cancer Foundation - Lynne Lamberg, 1990). UVA and UVB rays are the radiation from the sun that penetrate the skin and cause tanning, the redness or brown pigment you see when you sit in the sun. UVA and UVB rays are rather damaging to the skin. The rays are prone to cause early wrinkles, and skin cancer. Also, these ray cause your skin to turn to a brown or red color, as stated above. ?A tan is the body?s desperate attempt to protect itself from the suns rays.? (familydoctor.org - American Academy of Family Physicians 1996-05). Although UVA rays take longer to penetrate the skin, it is just as harmful as UVB...