Education

September 12, 2012:

I have been paying more attention to tanning advertisements these days and I am absolutely appalled by what I have seen from a local company here in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tan Your Hide caught my attention while I was driving last night by hearing “safe” I will be honest, I did not listen to the whole ad so I decided to research their website. I am even more shocked. I would love to share the entire write up but I will not. Please feel free to look it up yourself if you would like to read more of their trash. Here is a re-cap:

The website states that health benefits of tanning exceed the risks of tanning. It also goes on to say that the “intelligent” thing to do is develop a tan to prevent the risk of a sunburn and goes on to say that they are part of the solution against sunburns. They also have the nerve to flat out lie and say that there is no research connecting indoor tanning to melanoma risks and uses the fact that it is on the rise in older men to defend the fact that they think young women should be tanning.

I am out of words for their ignorance and stupidity. Well not out of words but out of nice ones and my mom once said, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I guess I will kind of listen to her on this one and let you guys think them for yourselves.

I will however leave you with this, if you want to get a fake/spray tan please do not go to places like this one that are spreading lies and putting others in harms way. There are a few places here in Colorado Springs that ONLY do UV free tanning and I think we should show our support there instead of at other tanning salons.

Sunlessperfection.com is where I went recently and they are amazing! very friendly and only do UV free.

 August 16, 2012:

So today I was intrigued by the recent news that there are new tanning bed restrictions that banned teens under the age of 17 from using indoor tanning beds. I think this is terrific news. However, I do not believe this will completely solve the problem. I think all these restrictions bring more attention to the dangers of tanning and that is great but it is still not fully educating the public on why the bans are so important. It is my hope that the FAM and organizations like us can help spread the education of dangers so that teens and adults alike are able to make the best decision when it comes to their health.

I think about this ban like I do cigarettes. Meaning, you must be 18 to buy a pack of cigarettes and by that point in life most people have had a chance to hear people tell them how harmful it is to their health so they are making an educated decision to damage their health. The same should be for tanning beds. Yes, there will always be ways around the issue and  they can lay out in the sun and get melanoma but I think the ban will at least send the message to people that there is a serious risk when using tanning beds.

With this said I think it makes fro a perfect opportunity for The FAM to push education to the public and awareness so there is a whole picture of the dangers and not just people being ‘stripped of the right to chose’.

Let me know what you think about it or how far the ban should go? Should there be a video from melanoma patients that every person has to watch before tanning? Hearing from loved ones who lost the fight? What will it take?

 July 26, 2012:

So the new topic for debate is spray tanning and DHA that may be just as harmful as the sun rays. I can honestly say after reading the research out there that I know UVA rays are not the way to go but maybe DHA will cause cancer too so what are we supposed to do?

Well most importantly, embrace who you are and the color of your skin but I say this while I wait to go get my airbrush tan. The studies show that the DHA used is not FDA approved for spray tans. It does specifically say to not inhale or ingest the chemical. With that said it is a chemical and poses health threats. I have done both airbrush and mystic and I found with the airbrush I did not feel like a anything was in my nose, mouth or eyes. The mystic did leave my nose full of spray.

I am sad that I have to leave you guys with a “do what you think is best” option on this. I keep thinking that, just like I tanned in beds before, I am going to wake up in 2 years and think why did I do that to myself. I am really hoping they will do more studies on this to help us better understand the dangers of spray tanning. I do feel confident in saying it is WAY better then laying in a tanning bed or in the sun but I am still not sure it is a completely safe alternative. As for me, I have had 3 in my life and today will be my first this year. I think I am okay doing 1 or 2 a year fro now and sticking with airbrush because I felt it was more precise and not so much in my face.

Again, wish I could be more helpful. I promise I will watch the studies closely and report back as soon as a conclusion is found.

July 23, 2012:

It has been a while since the last education update. I apologize, I guess we all get caught up in summer fun!

During my last presentation I was asked, “what in tanning beds makes them so much more dangerous then the sun?” I LOVED this question and actually had to do some research for the answer so here it is:

First, both tanning in a bed and in the sun are damaging and will cause skin cancer so I am not saying do one over the other!

Tanning beds emit mainly UVA rays. These are the specific rays that cause melanoma. The sun emits both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are more dangerous and likely to cause melanoma. Tanning beds emit more then 12 times the UVA rays then the sun itself.  This explains why those that use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop melanoma then those that have never tanned in a tanning bed.

I love to be outside more then anything so here are a few things I do to stay safe:

-I run outside early in the morning or after 5:30pm.

- I always wear the spray sport sunscreen (I prefer the equate brand-cheaper and not as greasy.

-I always wear a hat and sunglasses when running outdoors

-Always wear sunscreen on my face and ears separate then the spray. I like Avenno faces and the hat helps to absorb the sweat/SPF mixture that may burn your eyes during a good run.

Keep loving the outdoors and summer just be safe! I will be updating later this week, PROMISE! I hope to collect enough research on how safe a spray tan is to let you guys know more on that!

June 12, 2012:

There are so many facts and statistics about skin cancer and melanoma so I want to share a few in one local spot for people to read easily. I gather data for this page from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer society, National Institute of Health and word of mouth from my mothers doctors and personal experience from the disease.

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and the most deadly. I would like to make sure people understand skin cancer as a whole and start our first education post about the broad range of skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. In 2008 59,695 people were diagnosed with skin cancer. Most people know that the skin is the largest organ in the human body. The skin is a major protective mechanism for the body and the muscles, tissues, blood vessels and many more important parts that it covers.
Being the largest organ it is easy to relate the importance of protecting it from cancer and how serious the cancer can get. Basil and squamous cell carcinoma skin cancer are more common then melanoma and with early detection can usually be treated easily. The squamous cell carcinoma is usually more serious then basil cell and if it goes untreated can be deadly. It is estimated that 2,500 people dies of squamous cell carcinoma every year.

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and can spread quickly. Melanoma generates usually from a mole, dark freckle, or strange patch on the skin. It is very important to look at charts and know what moles or spots are normal and what spots need to be tested.

Fast Facts of Melanoma:

  • Melanoma kills about 1 person every hour.
  • It is the most common cancer in young adults age 25-29 years old.
  • Risk for melanoma doubles after a person has more then 5 sunburns
  • The rate of melanoma is rising faster then the most common cancers
  • It is the most preventible type of cancer
  • 1 or more blistering sunburns as a child or adolescent doubles the risk of melanoma
  • Women under age 39 have a higher risk of developing melanoma then any other cancer except breast cancer.
  • You don’t have to be blonde, red head, or fair skinned to develop melanoma… Bob Marley died of Melanoma
  • The vast majority of melanoma mutations are caused by UV rays.
  • 1 in 39 men and 1 in 58 women will be diagnosed with melanoma in their lifetime.

Still think that tan is worth it??

  We will continually add educational information related to skin cancer and melanoma on this site. We have started with an overview of how melanoma grows and the basic prevention tips. Please keep checking back weekly to gather more information.