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Young Adults Hitting The Tanning Beds May Want To Rethink Their Habits.


Teens who regularly use tanning beds and are out in the sun may wish to rethink their habits. This is due to a significant increase in the number of young adults being diagnosed with skin cancer. While young people may think that they are invincible, melanoma is a dangerous form of skin cancer that can strike at any age.

Compared to just 40 years ago, doctors say they now have more patients in their teens and 20s than they used to. While there may be a variety of suspects, one of the most viable are tanning beds. Although tanning salons may advertise otherwise, research proves that the cumulative damage caused by UV radiation can lead to premature skin aging (such as wrinkles, lax skin, brown spots and more), but more lethally, skin cancer.

 In Wisconsin, tanning beds are so popular among young people that the state government is considering banning children from using them. Young people are more likely to ignore warnings about tanning beds due to their feelings “invincible” but also because they see it as a low cost for the benefits of “looks.” A dangerous practice, tanning beds can also point out insecurities in young people who try to compensate for them by altering their skin color to become darker.

What Tanning Beds Can Say About Young People Especially:

For teens obsessed with their looks, tanning can be an essential part of their confidence. Society has defined the “bronze glow” has a healthier alternative to pale, and some young people, especially women, are taking the bait. The increase in melanoma cases in young adults isn’t coincidence, it’s because they have more frequent access to tanning and the harmful UV rays.

Unfortunately, body image issues in young adults is nothing new. Studies show that significant numbers of young people have insecurities about their looks. Parents can engage their young adult by more than complimenting their looks, but encouraging healthy behavior. Tanning is not part of a healthy lifestyle. Young people who workout regularly, have healthy diets, and maintain activity throughout the day are more likely to have higher levels of confidence than their peers. These healthier alternatives can drive some young adults away from the tanning beds.

At The Crossroads’ transitional living programs for young adults is designed for troubled young men and women who are struggling to live independently, caught up into substance abuse, emotionally immature, and not ready to make it on their own.

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