No one likes to think of a tanning bed as an efficient emitter of radiation, but, well, frankly…it is (UV radiation, but radiation still). And, in terms of causing cancer, that fact has not been a surprise to anyone in the health field for a long, long time. There’s a lot of dry data that’s been floating around for years and years.
But sometimes it’s not WHAT you say, but HOW you say it that really counts. The recent announcement and classification by the International Agency for Research on Cancers that tanning beds cause cancer – so much so, in fact, that they’re in the same category as arsenic – seems to have hit home for people. The appeal of the gleaming blue lights and the body-pod shape just seems to shrivel when you lie there, trying desperately to NOT think about coffins and Chernobyl. That orangey tan-lotion is looking better and better.