The negative effects of tanning beds

If you don’t understand what the negative effects of tanning beds could be, and you’re using them, you may be playing with fire and you just might get burned.

That is to say that you may, unfortunately, wind up with skin cancer from tanning beds ...maybe even melanoma.

No one wants that to happen!

It’s that “healthy glow” you’re really looking for, but instead of that so-called healthy glow, you could be told you have melanoma or some other type of skin cancer.

A little information about tanning bed risks could help to prevent you from hearing those words.


Skin Cancer-Melanoma pictures - You are at risk for Skin Cancer, even Melanoma from tanning beds

Tanning bed risks

Risks involved with tanning beds are:

• Many commercial tanning beds are not manufactured with safety in mind

• A risk with any tanning bed, whether it’s a safe bed or not, is you ...overstaying your time limit.


Most commercial tanning beds pose a threat that the sun does not …and that is the way they are equipped.

They give off two different kinds of radiation other than ultraviolet radiation.


One of these is X-rays that come out of each end of the bulb, as with all fluorescent bulbs. The difference between the tanning bed tubes and the ones in your kitchen is that in the tanning bed you are just inches away from these rays, creating a risk/hazard to your health. In the kitchen you are far enough away to eliminate this danger.

Electromagnetic Field

The second problem being radiated from the beds is called the Electomagnetic Field which comes from magnetic ballasts used in most commercial tanning beds.

You’ve surely heard the humming sound coming from a fluorescent bulb.

That’s the magnetic ballast and they’re in many tanning beds.

Have you ever heard them?

You are lying just inches away from this humming sound/electromagnetic field which makes overexposure happen quicker.

What do you suppose happens when you do this repeatedly?

I guarantee you, it's not good!

These two problems could be eliminated easily. Wrap a piece of lead tape around the last inch of each end of the bulb to contain the X-rays.

Replace the magnetic ballast with a quiet and efficient electronic ballast and you eliminate the electromagnetic field.

Doing this could be lifesaving and all commercial tanning parlors need to pay attention to this.

Skin cancer from tanning beds

Yes it happens all too often.

Did you look at those skin cancer pictures above?

Overexposure from the ultraviolet rays in a safe tanning bed can cause this cancer, especially if you are at a high risk.

If your using an unsafe tanning bed, you also have the added danger of the unavoidable overexposure to the X-rays and electromagnetic ballasts.

Keep these tanning bed risks in mind as you make decisions about using one.

I hope that one/s who read this, now has enough information to stay away from the dangers of tanning beds and start to guard your overall health, including your skin.

The shade of your natural skin is beautiful and can have that healthy glow, just the natural way it is. 

Be one who avoids the negative effects of tanning beds and takes good care of your skin, within and without!

For information on safe tanning beds, Search Google using the terms "safe tanning beds" and "Dr. Mercola." This is not an endorsement of Dr. Mercola.

Links related to Negative Effects of Tanning Beds:

Are Tanning Beds Safe
From Tanning Beds to Skin Cancer
Effects of Tanning Beds
Skin Cancer Causes
Risk Factors for Skin Cancer
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!