Tanned skin is damaged skin. It’s that simple.
Lots of people think that getting a “light” tan is protective against sunburns. It’s faulty logic. When your skin tans, or (more aptly, burns), it’s the direct result of DNA changes in your skin cells. Those cells are permanently damaged.
A new study from the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences shows a direct link between UV-induced melanin formation (tanning) and the formation of melanoma in mammals. Skin melanoma is the deadliest of all skin cancers. Look at these statistics:
- One person dies of melanoma every hour in the US.
- In the US the percentage of people who develop melanoma has more than doubled in the past 30 years.
- Melanoma is the most common form of cancer in 25-29 year olds.
- Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer in 15-29 year olds.
- Melanoma is increasing faster in females 15-29 years old than males in the same age group.
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