Time Magazine Reports Skin Cancer Is Up In Young People But Never Mention Sunscreen
By William Kitner
(KTRN Exclusive) Time Magazine recently published an article about the rise of skin cancer in young people supposedly due to their overuse of tanning beds. The article reports “Mayo Clinic researchers reported skyrocketing rates of skin cancer among young adults, probably because of their persistent use of tanning beds.” Does anyone else find it interesting that the researches think it’s “probably” due to tanning beds? In other words, they really have no clue. Tanning beds may not be as bad as some people claim, unless you are tanning day after day after day. An article from Natural News in 2010 points out that while there is a risk associated from using tanning beds, it’s actually quite low.
This Time Magazine article fails to mention two important things. First is that tanning beds provide Vitamin D, much like sun exposure. While no one would suggest sitting in the sun (or a tanning bed) for three hours a day, some sun exposure is quite healthy. We all know by now that Vitamin D is a miracle vitamin and provides multiple health benefits. So one could assume that occasional tanning bed use may not be that bad for you. But like many things in life, moderation is key. However, the second issue the article fails to mention is the overuse of sunscreen. This is the real culprit as to why so many people are coming down with skin cancer. In 2010 a report from the Environmental Working Group shows that the dangerous chemicals in sunscreens “accelerate the growth of skin tumors or disrupt the intricate workings of your hormonal systems.” This is only one report of many that shows the harmful effects of sunscreen. It’s interesting to point out that the Time Magazine article not once made reference to the unhealthy effects of lathering dangerous chemicals all over your skin.