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 this category include tobacco, arsenic, and asbestos.

First exposure to sunbeds before age 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 75%.

Using a sunbed even once is associated with a 15% increased risk of melanoma.

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.

Vitamin D

A recent analysis of tanning beds and vitamin D found that most tanning devices emit primarily UVA, 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.

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