Writing as Inquiry
February 12, 2014
What are the effects of tanning beds?
Meet Natalie. She started tanning when she was 16 years old because she was convinced it made her feel prettier. During her college years, she would go once every 2 weeks and then began going once a week. She always joked about how she would get skin cancer, but thought it would never happen to her. When she was 21, her doctor noticed a spot on her back, which turned out to be melanoma; she went through many surgeries to remove cancerous skin. Now she is left with multiple scars and compares herself to looking like Frankenstein with all her scars. According to “Research Sheds Light on Indoor Tanning and Cancer Risk.” Journal of the National Cancer, ‘”People who use indoor tanning have a 15% higher rate of having basal cells and 11% higher chance of having melanoma compared to those who are not exposed to the tanning UV light” There are safer options for tanning that are worth trying. I know way too many people whose lives have been changed by the use of tanning beds, which is what sparked my interest in this subject. Many of my friends and some of my family use the tanning bed as a confidence booster for feeling pretty rather than pale, but I wish they could understand that they are paying a large price for beauty. “People tanning before the age of 30 are 70% are more likely to develop melanoma” (Watson). Our society puts beauty before health by increasing their risk of skin cancer through the use of tanning beds, which I understand that people want to appear tan, but there are safer alternatives that can make one appear tan without risking his or her health. Tanning beds put you at greater risks for skin cancer and as well as premature aging which will be explored throughout this essay, as well as safer options for a sun kissed look. Tanning beds causes health issues, such as melanoma. Using a tanning bed for 20 minutes a day is the equivalent of...
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