Don’t fall for tanning beds

Barneys New York just introduced a line of Kate Moss-inspired clothing and Britney Spears most likely has yet another perfume waiting to hit department stores soon. But with the help of one inexpensive, quick regiment, you can be a step ahead of Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and the rest of Hollywood.

Who wouldn’t want a face of peeling wrinkles, oozing cancerous spots and an overall complexion that will will prompt people to ask for your AARP card?

Sound attractive? Visit your local tanning bed today.

Tanning beds have become a fixture of teen female culture along with Chanel handbags and Razor cell phones, but their long-reaching effects are more dangerous than most bathing beauties realize.

According to the American Cancer Society, 62,190 new cases of melanoma, a skin cancer, were reported in 2006. It has been proven that tanning bed users are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell cancer and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell cancer within their lifetime, however long that may be.

Skin cancer is serious. It not only means regular trips to a doctor that will often require expensive and painful procedures, but it could mean premature death. No amount of temporary beauty is worth this amount of pain or loss of life.

Researchers cannot even begin to calculate how wide-reaching the effects of the current “tanning culture” will be since it will be a decade or two until this generation of bronze addicts reaches the prime age in which cancer starts to occur.

While no sun exposure is completely safe, doctors advise children and adults alike to soak in natural rays rather than those produced by a machine, if they must tan at all.

Tan lines for prom now are a small price to pay for an extra ten or 15 years of life.

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