W4 Activity: I’m Addicted to Tanning
The issues with those who use tanning beds and the long term medical issues that it causes are not really thought about by the users of said services. Also the cost to use them is also a large expense that can cause a financial strain to the user and their families. Looking at the big picture the trauma that is caused to your skin cells and the long term effect to the body for the exchange of looking tan is never discussed until it’s too late. The warning that your skin will turn to leather is never mentioned. The cost can be more expensive than smoking or drinking. As quoted below from the Skin cancer foundation. Studies showing a link between UV radiation from indoor tanning devices and melanomas of the skin and eyes. Melanoma will kill an estimated 8,650 people in the US this year alone. And melanoma isn’t the only problem: people who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma. Squamous cell carcinoma kills an estimated 2,500 Americans a year.
Between the two subjects used in the video neither sees that big picture and the problems that are in store for them. The need for the perfect tone out weights the overall damage to their bodies and the families that they are destroying. The warnings that are put on most things that are bad for you aren’t utilized as they should be, the age requirements for tanning and the need for better education of said issues is needed. Also a better system of identifying the warning signs of the side effects of tanning to help those who tan prevent damage to their bodies is needed and should be required.