Why tanning beds are such a health danger to children and teens.
Teens who want the warm glow of sun-kissed skin often turn to tanning beds. But using tanning beds can turn skin from sun-kissed to deadly, explains Dr. Saul Greenberg, pediatrician at The Hospital for Sick Children. “It’s the same concern as having prolonged exposure to the sun. You’re basically doing the same thing; you’re applying UVA and UVB rays to the skin which for prolonged use can lead to the same risks that we see with sunburns in children, which is cancer of the skin. Certainly if there’s a family history of melanoma they are at increased risk. We find that fair-skinned individuals are at greater risk of developing some of the other types of skin cancers as well.”
And changes in the skin need to be taken very seriously. “If a child has a specific lesion on the skin which is not getting better, which is causing any bleeding, which is growing in size; those are things that should be looked at by a doctor.”
The Parent Report’s Expert guest is Dr. Saul Greenberg, pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children.
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