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Over the past decade, the American Cancer Society has noted a 72-percent increase in melanoma incidence. In addition, there has been an increase in teenage skin cancer cases. This alarming trend can be traced to pop culture’s glorification of indoor tanning. As a result, the state of New York is considering a law that will forbid individuals under the age of 18 from indoor tanning.
The indoor tanning industry claims that tanning beds can be used safely to provide Vitamin D. In reality, tanning – both indoor and outdoor – expose people to harmful ultraviolet rays that heighten their risk for developing skin cancer. To safely get your Vitamin D intake, consider eating fortified foods and taking supplements if necessary.