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