Men and women who want to have that “bronzed look” all year long may turn to using tanning beds. Tanning beds simulate sunlight, giving patients the opportunity to achieve that tan without having to go outside, which is desirable for those who are unable to go outside due to weather. However, tanning is a serious problem. Approximately 2.3 million American teenagers visit tanning beds regularly each year, greatly increasing their risk of developing skin cancer.
Dr. Matthew Doppelt of Knoxville is a board certified dermatologist at Southeastern Dermatology. He fully understands the dangerous consequences of tanning beds and knows how it affects the risk for skin cancer. In fact, according to seven worldwide studies, it has been shown that patients who use a tanning bed before the age of 35 are increasing their risk of developing melanoma (the most dangerous type of skin cancer) by 75 percent, which is a dramatic increase.
It is important that patients understand the link between tanning and skin cancer. Tanning beds are not safe, though many teenagers and adults feel that it’s better to tan in a tanning bed than outdoors. There is no “safe tan” and there are no health benefits to having that bronzed glow. Dr. Matthew Doppelt encourages patients to take their skin protection seriously and to avoid tanning, as this can increase one’s risk for skin cancer and other health problems linked to sunburns.
Patients who are interested in having that natural-looking glow but want to avoid causing harm to their skin are welcome to ask our team of professionals about over-the-counter tanning creams that can be used to create a similar “tanned” look without the skin damage and risks. Contact Dr. Matthew Doppelt of Southeastern Dermatology in Knoxville today to book a consultation appointment and speak with a board certified dermatologist about the importance of proper skin care and protection.