U of M public health researcher DeAnn Lazovich says her current research definitively links indoor tanning to melanoma, the worst form of skin cancer.
"Base tanning" for Spring Break not a good idea, says U of M expert
March 14, 2011
Droves of college students will take flight to warm weather destinations such as California, Florida and Mexico for spring break in the next few weeks. In preparation, many are visiting indoor tanning salons to prep their pale skin for extreme and prolonged exposure to the sun. But does “base tanning” reduce your odds of getting sunburned – or somehow prepare your skin for prolonged exposure to the sun?
A University of Minnesota expert who can comment on "base tanning" is:
DeAnn Lazovich, University of Minnesota associate professor and public health researcher
Lazovich says base tanning absolutely does not work. Lazovich’s most current research definitively links indoor tanning to melanoma, the worst form of skin cancer. She doesn’t advocate the practice in any scenario.
“Indoor tanning prior to vacation in warm weather does not somehow magically give your skin immunity to the sun’s damaging rays,” she said. “Any change in skin color means more burning and skin damage is occurring.”
Lazovich advises spring breakers to take more viable precautions than “base tanning” such as staying out of the sun between 10-3 p.m. when the ultraviolet rays are strongest, applying liberal doses of sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or greater multiple times each day, and says people should use accessories such as umbrellas, sunglasses and hats.
To interview Lazovich, contact Nick Hanson, Academic Health Center, email@example.com or (612) 624-2449; or contact the University News Service at (612) 624-5551.
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