Artificial Tanning Beds
The Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation strongly recommends avoiding the use of artificial tanning beds.
There is a growing body of evidence to indicate a strong link between indoor tanning and skin cancer:
- In 2009 the World Health Organization designated tanning beds “carcinogenic to humans” – the strongest classification for cancer causing substances. Other carcinogens in the same category include tobacco, arsenic and asbestos.
- First exposure to sunbeds before age 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 75%.
- Having used a sunbed even once is associated with increased risk of melanoma by 15%.
- Tanning beds have UV doses well above what would be expected in midday sun, as much as 14 times higher UVA and 4 times higher UVB.
A recent analysis of tanning beds and vitamin D found that most tanning devices emit primarily ultraviolet A, which is relatively ineffective in stimulating vitamin D synthesis. The Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation recommends dietary supplements as an economical and safe way to obtain vitamin D. Tanning beds should not be considered a safe way to get vitamin D.