Tanning Facts

The custom of tanning one’s skin has received a lot of publicity in the recent times. Because of its alleged link with cancer, tanning and its effects has become a major subject of debate among scientists, beauticians and even the women who would like to know all the facts about tanning before deciding on whether to go or not to go for tanning.

Though it is commonly believed that tanning invariably leads to skin cancer, recent studies have shown that tanning may be a protective device against certain types of cancers. The risk of colon and breast cancer is reduced by exposure to tanning conditions as the sun retards the growth of cancerous cells that cause these conditions of cancer. By retarding its growth cancer rates come down. This is proved by the fact that cancer of the breast and colon is more common in countries that are sun deprived.

By establishing the benefits of exposure to the sun from tanning is a scientific fact. One can also counter the belief that tanning should be stopped because it is one of the causes of skin cancer. But tanning need not be stopped altogether because of this risk. After all it is a known fact that deaths from melanoma, the variety of skin cancer that is the risk factor from tanning, is the least death risk as only 0.3% of cases of death have been linked with this form of cancer.

Then again, in the early stages, there can be a cure from surgery also. On the other hand, colon and breast cancer is a far bigger killer as the number of affected cases is around 20% to 65%. The lack of sun on the skin that is the chief benefit of tanning also helps to control osteoporosis and thus tanning is an ideal way of enjoying the sun and benefiting from it.

Another fact about tanning that is seldom examined is finding that incidence of melanoma is much lower in countries with sunshine and scientific research has not been able to disprove this fact. It is only a handful of doctors and lobbyists of the anti tanning groups who have linked the twin facts and come up with a theory. After all, skin cancer is more prevalent in northerly latitudes where the exposure to the sun for the population is much less than in the tropical and equatorial regions.