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Tan Kids: Summer Glow or Skin Cancer Danger?

What limits do you set for your children when it comes to tanning?

It’s summer, the time many of us wish for that lovely summer tan, but we all now know that time in the sun can also pose skin cancer risks. What limits do you place on your children?

Do you limit their time outside? Do you require certain sunscreen and reapplication? Do you buy sun protective clothing for them?

Pretanning at a Salon

The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that a national study found that 24 percent of non-Hispanic white teenagers 13-19 years old used a tanning facility at least once. The FDA says the ultraviolet rays pose a health danger.

Do you let your children use a tanning bed? How do you deal with children who have their heart set on that perfect tan? Do our children have a lot of peer pressure to have that tanned look?

Give us your thoughts in the comments are below.

Diane June 19, 2012 at 11:54 AM
"Melanin PROTECTS the body by absorbing solar radiation. Excessive solar radiation causes direct and indirect DNA damage to the skin and the body naturally combats and seeks to repair the damage and PROTECT the skin by creating and releasing further melanin into the skin's cells." " The tan that is created by an increased melanogenesis lasts much longer than the one that is caused by oxidation of existing melanin, and is also actually PROTECTIVE against UV skin damage and sunburn, rather than simply cosmetic?" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_tanning
will ball June 19, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Diane, you're talking about two different things here. You're applying principles of micro evolution to support your viewpoint. Furthermore, you're misquoting a wikipedia article.
christy myers baxter June 19, 2012 at 05:42 PM
"migration to different geographic locations where one has not been adapted to live that skin cancer is a problem" -- this is NOT the only reason that skin cancers are more prevalent, folks -- don't forget that the breakdown of the ozone layer has changed the amount of UV and sunlight that can get to our skin and affect it...
Diane June 19, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Will, how exactly am I misquoting? Please explain. Why do you find it so difficult to believe a tan is your body's way of protecting the skin? Research it yourself. While you are doing that, look up cognitive dissonance as well. I haven't said anything against all the good points brought up here, I have just added further information. Yes the change in the ozone layer is also a good point Christy. Below is an article that talks about migration and skin cancer rates: http://www.forbes.com/2008/07/28/skin-cancer-hotspots-forbeslife-cx_avd_0728health.html
will ball June 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Allow me to post the FULL article on wikipedia.... Some researchers have advised that tanning in moderation may be healthier than is commonly believed. Edward Giovannucci, professor of medicine and nutrition at Harvard, states that according to his research, people who have sufficient vitamin D due to UV exposure, and other intake, may prevent 30 deaths for each one caused by skin cancer.[20] His research also suggests that diet accounts very little for vitamin D3 necessary for curbing cancer. Michael Holick, former Boston professor of dermatology, claimed that moderate exposure to sunlight probably reduces risk to many forms of cancer, diabetes, seasonal affective disorder, and other diseases.[21] These researchers are vigorously opposed by most dermatologists, for example, Dr. Elewski, president of the American Academy of Dermatology, argued that minutes of exposure to sunlight can be dangerous, and that people can get all the vitamin D they need through supplements. Large clinical studies have found vitamin D produced both through exposure to sunlight and through dietary supplements dramatically decreases cancer risk, and helps cancer recovery.

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