When you expose your skin to UV rays – whether from the sun, tanning beds or sun lamps – you increase your chances of getting skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer.
It’s also one of the most preventable. To reduce your risk of getting skin cancer, don’t use tanning beds or sun lamps.
The World Health Organization classifies UV-emitting devices, such as tanning beds, as a known carcinogen. And research done by the International Agency for Research on Cancer shows that being exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning equipment before the age of 35 increases your risk of melanoma (skin cancer).
Also, long-term exposure to UV rays causing sunburns from the sun’s rays, tanning beds or sun lamps, can put you at greater risk for non-melanoma or melanoma skin cancers.