Like to get a nice tan in the sun or in a tanning bed?  Everybody always looks so healthy with a tan, right?  What do you think of the picture of the man?  I don’t know about you but I think he looks kind of gross.  And, guess what else?  He has skin cancer.  Hope he has some Medical Insurance.

If you are unlucky enough to get skin cancer, yes, your Medical Insurance will pay for your treatment once you meet the deductible and co insurance (if any).  And with Health Care Reform, you will have unlimited major Medical Insurance.  Please make sure you get Medical Insurance before you get skin cancer because after that individual Medical Insurance will be almost impossible for you to obtain.

Perhaps after seeing this photo you have decided you might not want to spend so much time in the sun.  Maybe you should switch to a tanning bed.  They are safe, right?  Not so fast. is reporting that tanning beds may be even more dangerous than originally thought.  “Indoor tanning beds may be even more likely to cause skin cancer than previously believed.  New research published online Oct. 6 in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology suggests that the main type of ultraviolet rays used in tanning beds — UVA1 — may penetrate to a deep layer of skin that is most vulnerable to the ca ncer-causing changes.” Don’t to forget to pay those Medical Insurance premiums before you head off to the tanning salon.   Because, there was a study exposing 12 volunteers to UVA1 and UVB rays on their buttocks. UVB waves are shorter than UVA1 rays.  Who knew?  Anyway, low and behold they found that the UVA1 rays were more damaging to the skin’s basal layer than the UVB light. The report went on to say “Indoor tanning is like smoking for your skin,” according to Dr. Doris Day, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.  “It’s the single worst thing you can do in terms of skin cancer and premature aging.”

Some of the outrage going on here is that tanning salons for years have said that the UVA1 rays were safe.  Mr. John Overstreet, executive director of the Indoor Tanning Association recently told CBS news that the above mentioned study had “absolutely nothing to do with indoor tanning.”  “Tanning devices and the lamps in them are manufactured to mimic the noon day sun”, he said.

I guess we all have to pick our poisons.  We can’t foolishly hide in our homes and never see the light of day.  Just remember, if you head for the tanning salon to  1) make sure you have Medical Insurance 2) UV rays from the sun cause skin cancer.  Tanning beds use an artificial type of UV rays.  You decide.


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