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3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

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Roswell, GA 30076

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Teens and Indoor Tanning: The Risk Is Real

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The desire to be tan remains a trending attraction, especially among young adults. While parents may think they have done their job at educating their kids on the importance of sunscreen at the beach, many are overlooking the serious penalties of letting their teenager use the tanning bed. The dangers of indoor tanning are often ignored or dismissed by teenage girls who are on a mission to be more tan. After all, for only twenty minutes and not a lot of cash, they can get an instant glow and feel prettier before a date or upcoming dance. Unfortunately, neglecting to educate your teen on the real risks of using a tanning bed could result in serious, even life-threatening consequences. A recent article published in the NY Times, entitled “Warning: That Tan Could Be Hazardous”, shares some eye-opening statistics on the link between indoor tanning and skin cancer. Melanoma is simply not worth the fleeting tan.

The NY Times article relates that although evidence of the link between melanoma and ultraviolet exposure was inconclusive a decade ago, its becoming more strongly supported. We know that melanoma is highly treatable if detected early. It most commonly appears as a shiny, pearly nodule on a sun-exposed (or tanning bed exposed) area of the body. Melanoma, however, can also present signs that resemble acne scars or even eczema. It is important for people, even teens, to get regular full-body skin cancer screenings by a board certified dermatologist to ensure early detection of melanoma and other serious skin conditions.

The statistics are harsh, yet they need to be shared with young adults who ignore the dangers of tanning. A 2014 NCBI review of scientific evidence reported that “tanning beds account for as many as 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the United States each year, including 6,000 cases of melanoma, the deadliest form”.

What is even more concerning is that the rate of melanoma cases in younger women (under the age of 40) has risen by a third since the early 1990’s, according to the National Cancer Institute. Young girls who are visiting the tanning bed certainly contribute to those scary statistics.

Many may think that as long as they use the tanning bed only occasionally, say a week or two before the prom, than it is harmless. Unfortunately, you are still subject to the dangers of tanning bed even if you use it less frequently. In fact, a 2012 study found a 15 % increase in the risk of certain skin cancers with every four sessions in a tanning bed before age 35!

Although more and more states are adopting regulations to restrict minors from using tanning beds, it is still imperative that teenagers are well educated on this topic. The link between skin cancer and indoor tanning beds is not a rumor; it is a very real and serious consequence that should be taken seriously by both parents and young adults. Protecting your skin from harmful sun or UV light damage at a young age produces far more aesthetic benefits as an adult. Ask your dermatologist about sunless tanning creams for your teen to help them achieve that attractive tan without the hidden health consequences.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

3379 Peachtree Rd, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326

(404) 355-5484

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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Based on 229 reviews

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

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I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

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I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

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Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

Lindsay S.

I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

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I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.