Skin Cancer

What is the Truth About Skin Cancer?

Why is it that any publicity to sunbeds is always a negative one and the mention of skin cancer always crops up? You must realize that skin cancer has a 20 to 30 year latency period; the rates of skin cancer we are seeing today are a function of the ignorant misbehavior of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Recall: Society used to view sunburns as an inconvenient right of spring - a precursor to developing a summer tan. Society felt that sunburns would "fade" into tans, and so tanners hit the beaches and blacktops with baby oil and reflectors. Severe burns were commonplace. Today we know how reckless that approach was, and the rates of skin cancer we are seeing today reflect that ignorance.

What's more, you must realize that the photobiology research community has determined that most skin cancers are related to a strong pattern of intermittent exposure to ultraviolet light in those people who are genetically predisposed to skin cancer, and not simply to cumulative exposure. That again suggests that heredity and a pattern of repeated sunburning is what we need to prevent. And that kind of prevention is exactly what the indoor tanning industry is doing effectively.

The indoor tanning industry believes that our role in teaching sunburn prevention will help to reverse the increases that largely are a result of misbehavior that took place years ago before the professional tanning industry existed and before we were organized to teach sunburn prevention.

The above article was taken from the Tanning Truth website which has advice, facts and information on safe tanning with scientifically supported material.

For more information click onto www.TANNINGTRUTH.COM

PLEASE NOTE: We do NOT permit anyone under the age of 18 to use our tanning units

Our responsible approach to tanning and skin care fully complies with the Health and Safety guidelines (HSEINDG 209) as produced by the U.K. Health Executive.

The health implications of Tanning
There are many the health benefits associated with moderate UV tanning that are now being recognised UV light is vital for the production of vitamin D

Bone: Vitamin D regulates the absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus. These minerals are vital for growth and the development and hardening of bones and teeth.

Immune System: Parts of the bone marrow where immune cells are made respond to vitamin D, which is also thought to play a role in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.

Hormones: By playing a role in the secretion of insulin by the pancreas, vitamin D helps in the regulation of blood sugar.

Nervous System: Vitamin D ensures the functioning of healthy nerves and muscles by regulating calcium levels in the blood, vital for nerve impulse transmission and muscle contraction.

UVB radiation is associated with reduced risk of cancer of the breast, colon ovary and prostate as well as non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

A link has been made between UV light and skin cancer. However, it is widely believed that people who have pale skin, sit in offices for 48 weeks of the year and burn on beaches for the other four run a higher risk than people who are exposed to UV in moderation in a controlled environment. E.g. sun beds.

Skin Type Consultation
The consultation you receive from your consultant enables he/she to determine your recommended dosage of UV light. This, in part is guided by your skin type. It is very important to establish your skin type as this highlights the way our body responds to UV. Skin Types are categorised as follows
Every skin a class of its own

Depending on the type of skin, people react differently to sunlight. You should know your own type of skin for correct enjoyment of the sun and sunbeds. Worldwide, six types of skin are differentiated. The first four types of skin occur most frequently in Europe.

Skin Type 1: Very Sensitive Skin
Definition: Typically red/blond hair, blue/green eyes, very pale skin.

Skin Type 2: Sensitive Skin
Definition: Typically fair to light brown hair, blue/green/grey eyes, light to medium skin.

Skin Type 3: Normal Skin Sensitivity
Definition: Typically medium to olive skin, medium to brown hair, grey/brown eyes.

Skin Type 4: Skin very well resistant to the sun
Definition: Typically dark olive to light brown skin, dark eyes and dark hair.

Skin Types 5 and 6: Naturally tanned/dark skin
Definition: Typically dark hair, eyes and skin.

We strongly advise that the following people do not use indoor UV tanning facilities

* Under 16 yrs old.
* Pregnant Women.
* People who are currently under medical supervision.
* People who are on prescribed medication or take any form of drugs.
* Diabetics.
* People who are hypo-sensitive to light.
* Skin Type 1.

The following people should seek medical advice before tanning, whether it is in the Sun or using artificial tanning

* People who suffer from Epilepsy.
* Suffer from dizziness or fainting.
* Suffer from headaches or migraines.
* People who have a heart condition.
* Suffer from irregular blood pressure.
* Hypo tension.
* Prickly heat.
* Any allergies.
* Anyone who has skin ulcers or moles that change appearance.

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