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Why indoor tanning is unsafe

Indoors or outdoors, there’s no safe way to get a tan. Tanning beds and sun lamps release UV rays – just like the sun. Tanned skin is damaged skin. And when the tan fades, the damage is still there.

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Indoor tanning causes cancer

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.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies UV-emitting devices, such as tanning beds, as known cancer-causing substances. This is the highest rating they can give in terms of whether the evidence shows that something causes cancer.

Research shows that being exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning equipment before the age of 35 increases your risk of melanoma (skin cancer).

Find out about our advocacy work to regulate indoor tanning.