Everyone looks good with a little color – but, not at the risk of cancer. I used to go tanning quite a bit but for the passed year I haven’t really gone that much. I’m kind of glad. According to an article in the New York Times, the International Agency for Research of Cancer (part of the World Health Organization) has reclassified tanning beds from being “probably carcinogenic” to “carcinogenic.” Last month, they published their research and they have stated that the risk of melanoma increases by 75% for people who start using tanning beds before the age of 30. Defenders of tanning beds still say that a burn inside is just as bad as a burn obtained from a day at the beach and that time spent tanning is all about moderation.
Either way, this begs the question, have fake & bake salons been affected by this newly released report? The general feel is that it hasn’t yet. It is likely though, that UV-less methods of tanning (spray tanning, bronzers, tanning creams, etc.) will benefit from this study. That will be interesting because sales of these types of products started to decline in 2007, then dropped a staggering 20% in 2008, and have continued to decline in the first quarter of 2009.
So, let’s say that people do respond to this study. Do you think that people will now get into spray tans, tanning lotions, etc? Or do you think that in the near future there is a study that will reveal that there are harmful effects for doing that as well?