Constant use of a tanning bed can increase your chances of developing skin cancer. Even the misuse of tanning beds has started governmental conversation about regulating usage in some states.
However, according to a university study of 600 students, researchers found that 59% of students that said they have ever used a tanning bed agreed with the statement, “Tanning bed use can make me ill, but everything causes cancer these days.”
Also, 52% agreed with the statement, “Tanning bed use is no more risky than lots of other things that people do.” One of the researchers, Smita Banerjee, a behavioral scientist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, said that this type of thinking for teens is all too common. Teens justify the usage of tanning beds by saying “there is danger all around you.”
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