Obvious Science

Tanning Beds Cause Cancer

Apparently, tanning beds are as bad for you as asbestos, arsenic, radium, and cigarettes. The ultraviolet light in the beds causes cancer, according to a new report by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer. The Los Angeles Times reports that, according to the study, using tanning beds before age 30 increases a person's risk of skin cancer by 75 percent. More importantly, the special committee that conducted the review concluded that all UV radiation induces cancer, not just UV-B rays, as was previously thought, but also the UV-A rays that some tanning salons claim are safer. No one has to commit to a colorless future, though: The American Cancer Society suggests the use of bronzing creams as a safe alternative.