It is important to understand what contributes to the risk of getting skin cancer and how to help prevent yourself, family and friends from developing it. Research has shown that overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the number one cause of skin cancer. UV radiation penetrates the skin and causes cell damage that can potentially develop into skin cancer over time. The major source of UV radiation exposure encountered on a daily basis is transmitted from the sun. Artificial sunlight, produced from tanning bulbs and lamps, also yields harmful UV radiation to the skin.
There are multiple ways to prevent overexposure to UV radiation. Limiting sun exposure, applying appropriate sunscreen often, wearing protective clothing and avoiding tanning bulbs/lamps are ways to keep your skin healthy and lower the risk of developing skin cancer.
Tanning beds and tanning lamps are alternatives to sunbathing used to achieve desired darkening of the skin. It has been suggested by the tanning salon industry that the use of tanning bulbs is a safer alternative to tanning under direct sunlight. However, the bulbs used in these machines, like the sun, emit harmful UV rays that damage skin cells and increase the risk of developing skin cancer.
Studies have shown that people who have tanned indoors have about a 75 percent higher risk of developing melanoma, on average, than people who have never had the experience. It is important to remember that artificial sun rays produced by these types of bulbs are dangerous and damaging to the skin. Avoiding them altogether is another way to help reduce your chances of developing skin cancer.

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