Possible causes of melanoma and harmful effects of tanning beds

The causes of melanoma are very much the same as with non-melanoma skin cancer.

It’s the ultraviolet rays, but specifically ...overexposure to these rays.

However, there are some other factors with the cause of melanoma such as family history, freckles and moles and a weakened immune system.

If someone in your recent family history has had melanoma; that would place you at a higher risk.


This is just a sample of what melanoma could look like. Melanoma presents itself in different ways

Be observant with freckles and moles. Some children are born with them or they may start appearing within months or years after birth.

As a parent, you should pay attention when new ones appear and/or you see changes in existing ones. Of course, this applies to yourself and all family members. 

Changes in size, shape, color or elevation are something to be concerned about. See more pictures of melanoma.

Whenever you see such changes, see your dermatologist right away. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and melanoma could be travelling inward, unseen.

The last factor is of high importance, a weakened immune system, which everyone should address.

Without a strong immune system, you are like a city without walls , coming under attack and you stand very little chance to fight off melanoma or any other disease. 

You must take the necessary steps to control your health as much as possible.

Tanning beds and melanoma

There are some harmful effects of tanning beds, other than overexposing to ultraviolet rays that you should know about.

The additional harm is that many commercial tanning beds are also giving radiation from X-rays and an electromagnetic field.  The worst part of this is that you are lying there in the tanning bed just inches away from the source of this dangerous radiation.

Consider the fact that when you have any X-ray taken, it’s over in probably less than one second for each one they take. How long do you stay in the tanning bed?

Are you doing more radiation damage to yourself by being constantly exposed to X-rays for a period of 10-20 minutes as opposed to less than a second?

You be the judge!

The same is true with the electromagnetic field, which comes from a electromagnetic ballast. You’ll know you’re lying in the electromagnetic field if you hear a humming or buzzing sound coming from the bed.

You may have heard this sound coming from a fluorescent light in your kitchen.

Again the difference is that in the kitchen you are far enough away from it not to pose a danger. But how about lying within inches from the source for an extended period of time?

Again, you be the judge!

So when it comes to tanning beds and melanoma, we see that there are other causes of melanoma beyond overexposing to ultraviolet rays.

The lessons that should be learned here are to improve your health, be observant to changes in moles and freckles, stay away from these unsafe tanning beds and never, never overexpose to the ultraviolet rays.

One more is to know your own risk for melanoma and practice good judgment in the sun according to your risk factor.

If you should be avoiding the sun almost completely, then be sure to supplement with a good vitamin D.

Links related to Causes of Melanoma:

Are Tanning Beds Safe
Tanning Beds and Skin Cancer
Skin Cancer Causes
Family History
Effects of Tanning Beds
Negative Effects of Tanning Beds
Skin Cancer Risks
Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation

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Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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Bottom Line
The Weather Channel has done well posting this information and photos to help you spot skin cancer, including melanoma.
It can be hard to spot, even for a professional.
The bottom line is to get an expert's opinion about any suspicious mole or lesion on your skin. If necessary, get a second opinion  and/or request a biopsy. it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t put your very life at risk!