Harmful Tanning Is on the Rise, Suntan Myths Persist

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Might 27, 2022 (HealthDay Information) — Whereas most individuals most likely know it isn’t secure to get a sunburn, many might not understand that tanning additionally will increase the chance of pores and skin most cancers and untimely pores and skin growing older.

A brand new survey of greater than 1,000 U.S. adults by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) discovered a pointy rise in each tanning and variety of sunburns final 12 months, in comparison with 2020. And because the summer season season begins, the AAD is encouraging folks to defend themselves.

“A tan is your physique’s response to damage,” stated Dr. Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand, a Dallas-based dermatologist.

“Whenever you tan, you’re deliberately placing your well being in danger,” she stated in an academy information launch. “If you wish to look tan, think about using a self-tanning product, however proceed to make use of sunscreen with it.”

The AAD recommends looking for shade, particularly between 10 a.m. and a couple of p.m. when the solar’s rays are strongest. Search shade in case your shadow seems shorter than you’re, Houshmand suggested.

Put on sun-protective clothes, reminiscent of a light-weight long-sleeved shirt and pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sun shades with UV safety. Garments with an ultraviolet safety issue (UPF) on the label present extra safety.

Apply a broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater to all uncovered pores and skin. Broad-spectrum sunscreen offers safety from each UVA and UVB rays.

About 1 in 5 Individuals will develop pores and skin most cancers of their lifetime, and 197,700 new circumstances of melanoma, the deadliest type of pores and skin most cancers, are anticipated to be recognized in the US this 12 months, in keeping with AAD.

On this latest survey, 63% of respondents reported getting a suntan final 12 months, up from 54% in 2020. About 33% have been sunburned in 2021, in comparison with 25% in 2020.

One blistering sunburn throughout childhood or adolescence can almost double an individual’s threat of creating melanoma.

About 28% of sunburned survey respondents stated their burn was unhealthy sufficient that their garments felt uncomfortable. Prime locations for getting burns have been the face, arms, shoulders and neck.

And almost half of respondents believed a number of tanning myths, the survey discovered. About 22% wrongly stated a base tan will stop a sunburn and 18% stated it will lower the pores and skin most cancers threat. One in 5 stated they thought tanning was secure so long as they did not burn and 13% thought tanning was wholesome.

About 53% stated folks with tanned pores and skin look more healthy.

About 39% of respondents have been unaware of a number of sunburn dangers. Amongst these: that it’s attainable to get sunburned on a cloudy day or by means of a automotive window; that folks with darkish pores and skin can burn, and that sunburns enhance pores and skin most cancers threat.

“This enhance in sunburns could be very regarding,” Houshmand stated. “Each tanning and sunburning harm your pores and skin. The extra you tan and sunburn, the extra this harm builds up over time, growing your threat of untimely pores and skin growing older, together with age spots, sagging and wrinkling, and pores and skin most cancers.”

Extra data

The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has extra on pores and skin most cancers.

SOURCE: American Academy of Dermatology, information launch, Might 24, 2022

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