Tanning Beds and Skin Cancer

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In modern society, looks play a major role in everyone’s lives. In recent years appearance has become extremely important and many people go day by day trying to perfect their appearance. As people search for this perfect image, they undergo numerous treatments and one of the most popular trends is artificial tanning, in which, in a matter of minutes people achieve that perfect skin tone they are looking for. But has the search for the perfect tan increased skin cancer possibilities? And Do tanning beds, in fact cause skin cancer? This analytical essay will begin by defining skin cancer, identifying what causes this disease, and later on will examine, if indeed artificial tanning causes skin cancer and the dangers of this treatment. The rates of skin cancer have increased steadily since the 1920s, mainly because of self vanity and the obsession to obtain the perfect tan. Skin melanomas also know as skin cancer is a disease in which skin cells lose the ability to divide and grow normally. Simply put, it is when DNA becomes damaged and our body is unable to repair it. When this occurs abnormal cells grow out of control and form a mass, known as a tumor. Skin cells that are healthy and in normal conditions, divide in an orderly way to replace dead cells and grow new skin. In order to understand how skin cancer is conceived, we must first understand that not all skin cancers are deadly or life threatening. At least 60% of all skin tumors are considered Benign or non- malignant tumors. These tumors grow in very few of our skins layers, and do not invade or surround vital organs or tissues. On the other hand malignant or cancerous tumors crowd out and destroy most healthy cells in our body this, in consequence leads to the growth of tumors in the epidermis section of our skin. Malignant tumors are mainly caused by Ultraviolet radiation (UV) that comes from the sun. UV rays damage our DNA and cause abnormal growth in our skin cells. There are two main types of...
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