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JCTA Response to : No tan is a safe tan

Friday, January 25, 2013
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The indoor tanning industry has promoted false claims that tanning is safe. Here are the facts:

JCTA Response: The CCS promotes that we promote that tanning is safe. Control is the key, everything in moderation. Is drinking a glass of red wine safe? Not according to the WHO. I wonder what the CCS has to say about red wine

Myth: There is no conclusive evidence that indoor tanning causes cancer.

JCTA Response: Here is what the WHO said “Epidemiologic studies to date give no consistent evidence that use of indoor tanning facilities in general is associated with the development of melanoma or skin cancer,” the World Health Organization admits in the report that so many have called ‘overwhelming evidence.’

A new book by Master Dermatologist Dr Bernard Ackerman titled, “The Sun and the Epidemic of Melanoma: Myth on Myth” presents data suggesting that indoor tanning and melanoma have no actual causal relationship. In his book Ackerman writes, “The American Academy of Dermatology, for decades, has kept up a drumbeat on behalf of faith in an epidemic of melanoma and rays of the sun as the major cause of it, at the same time that it has flayed, incessantly, the tanning bed industry. And there is more, if only someone would ask for our side of the story

Myth: A tan protects you from the sun.

JCTA Response: A base tan creates an SPF of 2 to 4 for a Skin Type II person. Research has shown you get the same protection using an SPF of 15 the way most people normally apply the chemical.  Maybe someone should ask the CCS if chemical sunscreens are safe. All you have to do is Google that question and you’ll find the answer.

Myth: Visiting the tanning salon is a good way to get vitamin D.

JCTA Response: Research shows that tanner have almost twice the vitamin d levels of an non tanner. It is the most controlled and reliable source for vitamin d, especially in the winter time. The CCS must have missed the last piece of research out on supplements. Here is what the research said “Normally, the body receives adequate vitamin D from 10-15 minutes of daily exposure to the sun. The skin absorbs vitamin D, which it stores and utilizes as needed. Supplements, by binding to the Vitamin D receptor, block natural vitamin D hormone.”

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