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Tanning Beds

This USA Today article about acute injuries from tanning beds is a good reminder that tanning beds not only increase the risk of skin cancer, they can also cause acute injuries to the skin and eyes.

“The burns I’ve seen have been pretty intense, the kind that can leave a scar,” he says. “It’s a serious problem.”

Tanners, he says, should see their habit like smoking — something that could hurt them every time they do it and could kill them later.

“The earlier you start, the worse it is,” he says. “But, like with cigarette smoking, it always pays to stop.”

UV exposure can lead to photokeratitis and cataracts. Make sure the limit UV light exposure, always wear protective eye wear, and do not wear contact lenses in a tanning bed.