Teens and Tanning

by stroj 1 on September 13, 2013 - 2:17am

Most people know that there are risks of skin cancer with indoor tanning because it is talked about so much and looked down upon. But, people that do indoor tan tend to dismiss these claims. In TIME magazine’s article “Teen Tanning” by Adi Narayan (2009), proof is shown of just how much indoor tanning increases the risk of skin cancer especially in teenagers. A main point of her article is that exposure to ultraviolet light increases the risk of melanoma, the deadliest of skin cancers. Narayan notes that during a survey most tanning salons ignored the FDA regulation that adults should tan only three times during their the first week of tanning. In other words tanning salons would let teenage customers tan as much as they want disregarding the fact that it is extremely unhealthy to tan everyday of the week. She brings to light the fact that even though the Indoor Tanning Association “emphasizes importance of tanning in moderation”(Narayan, 2009) the evidence found in surveys proves that statement wrong. By writing this article it is safe to say that Narayan wants young readers as well as parents to know the risks of tanning as well as to expose tanning salons for not enforcing rules on age allowable for tanning.

The most useful information in the article is her use of evidence. Putting the results of surveys and studies proves to readers that what she is saying is true and it emphasizes her purpose. Also telling her readers how much tanning increases risk of skin cancer develops her impact as well because it shocks people who may be tanning on a regular basis. This article will affect young girls who want to tan because they may think their skin to too fair. Her argument against tanning will help teens realize that they either need to wait to tan or tan only very little or not at all.



Narayan, A. (2009, 10 12). Teen Tanning. Time, 174(14), pg.53-55



I find the concept of tanning pretty similar to smoking. You know it’s bad for you, yet you still do it. If there is a FDA regulation that adults should tan only three times a time, then there should be one imposed for teenagers also. The fact that tanning salons actually let teenagers tan as much as they want is very shocking. Teenagers don’t have a fully developed sense of judgment like adults, which makes them targeted as easy money for the salons. The salons should establish strict regulations that would prevent a teenager from tanning too much.
Even though there are many programs of awareness for tanning, I still think it isn’t enough. Like cigarette packs, perhaps the tanning salons should have posters describing the risk of getting cancer by tanning. By then, if people still want to tan, it’s their choice just like if a smoker wants to quit or continue smoking.
Although, when you think about it, all the money going in treatment for people who developed skin cancer because of tanning is like a waste gone down the drain. They had the choice to not tan themselves, they were aware of the repercussions it could make, yet they still make the wrong decision. I’m not saying that it is a shame but all the money from the taxes, government invested in treatment for skin cancer caused by tanning salons could have been avoided! Imagine all that money could have been spent on researches that would cure many sorts of cancer. I’m not saying that people who have developed skin cancer because of tanning booths shouldn’t be treated but that they should take the time to think as a society.

Being raised by parents who do not encourage or allow tanning in a bed or outside, i completely agree with many of your statements. I am very aware of the risk of melanoma because two people in my direct family have gotten it. The law needs to be changed so that all people have to be 21 years of age in order to go tanning in a bed. In addition to tanning, tanning beds should be taken out of public gyms like Planet Fitness. This is because gyms are suppose to promote healthy living not cancer. Your post was very factual and drew my attention immediately.

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