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    So I was recently *shocked* that a new "tanning salon" just opened up in my town. Sure, we have a few of them around, but I was surprised that they are still in business and apparently doing okay.

    This is a "traditional" tanning salon, with UV bulbs and beds and advertisements about how their bulbs give the best tans and their lotions have the best tanning boosters in them.....

    Could you ever own one of these businesses these days and feel good about it? Is the "buyer beware" warning enough?

    I see droves of college kids going in and out of this new one.....

    What do you think?
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    I think the risks are a little overblown myself. Oooooh the risk increases 1/10 of 1% if you tan. So scary.

    Those press releases often point to the World Health Organization, which reports that ?use of sunbeds before the age of 35 is associated with a 75% increase in the risk of melanoma? ? a statistic often repeated in news stories about tanning beds.

    But what does that really mean? Is it 75 percent greater than an already-high risk, or a tiny one? If you read the FDA?s ?Indoor Tanning: The Risks of Ultraviolet Rays,? or a number of other documents from the WHO and skin cancer foundations, you won?t find your actual risk.

    That led AHCJ member Hiran Ratnayake to look into the issue in March for The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, after Delaware passed laws limiting teens? access to tanning salons. The 75 percent figure is based on a review of a number of studies, Ratnayake learned. The strongest such study was one that followed more than 100,000 women over eight years.

    But as Ratnayake noted, that study ?found that less than three-tenths of 1 percent who tanned frequently developed melanoma while less than two-tenths of 1 percent who didn?t tan developed melanoma.? That?s actually about a 55 percent increase, but when the study was pooled with others, the average was a 75 percent increase. In other words, even if the risk of melanoma was 75 percent greater than two-tenths of one percent, rather than 55 percent greater, it would still be far below one percent.
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    I think tanning beds are losing popularity faster than cigarettes these days. In a desperate attempt to get more business, one of the big tanning salon companies up here is advertising "Get your Vitamin D" and how important it is in our long, dark winters in Canada to get that sunshine vitamin. Skin cancer risk aside, I think tanned skin looks leathery and old and I wouldn't fake n bake or in good conscience be able to own a salon. I just read a story on the CBC today talking about the UV lights they use in nail salons and how THEY increase skin cancer risk.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/...in-cancer.html
    I see more spray tan salons these days than the old school ones.

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    I dont go tanning, but know a lot of people that do. They know the risks and are willing to take them.

    The girl that does my hair owns the salon and she has 4 tanning beds in the salon. She is very clear when they come in what the risks are and she does not allow anyone under 18 to tan in her salon. I think she is being very responsible with it, but also knows that people are going to tan regardless of the risks.
    The part about new salons opening that I find suprising is that they can turn a profit. With all the new taxes my friend is finding it hard to turn a profit on the tanning beds and she already owns the building and the machines
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    I think that they are trashy and outdated and generally the domain of college girls without strong parents, or stupid, vain, addicted older women or bodybuilders. Everyone I know gets airbrushed, if they want a tan. I just did it myself before a recent trip to Fl. Made putting a bikini on much easier with my NE winter skin, and was safe and for $40 I didn't risk melanoma. The days of them looking like a sweet potato are long gone, they are amazing when done well and hand airbrushed.

    I would feel as though I was unethical owning such a place. There is no merit, only risk.

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    I love the tanning bed but gaveit up for my first pregnancy. I don't care if its a placebo effect orvitamin d, the pick me up during winter was worth the risk and cost.

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    Spray tans are definitely becoming more popular around here as people are increasingly aware of the risks of skin cancer. I only know a handful of people who use the UV tanning beds.

    I never have (and never will) use a tanning bed. I'm already at risk for skin cancer with my ultra fair skin that burns every time it sees the sun, despite 20, 30, 45, 60 sunscreen and I'm not going to up those odds.... Although, having tan - as opposed to burnt red - skin would be awfully nice

    Oh, and no I couldn't ethically own a tanning salon.

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    I'm not one for fake tans....spray or tanning beds. I think all shades of skin can be beautiful. In fact, there is an older girl on my daughters' dance team that has the most beautiful pale white skin I've ever seen and on stage it looks so "milky" (for lack of a better word).

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    I used to tan, before my first pregnancy, in a traditional tanning bed. I freely admit it was stupid, regardless of the risk % it's one I'd rather not take now that I'm fully aware of what tanning beds CAN and DO cause. I tried spray tanning around Thanksgiving and I wasn't a big fan, it wore off quickly and the price was silly. I'd rather have pale skin - I tan just fine in the summer without needing any help. I'll stick with it!

    As far as owning one, I think it's user beware. The owners aren't respondsible for someone choosing to make a possible bad skin choice. They are trying to profit off of a business. Just like the owners of fast food chains or tattoo shops.

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    I went tanning before my wedding. While I will not do it on a long term basis, I see nothing wrong with going before something special like a wedding or a cruise. I would rather have a slow build up to a tan then be burnt to a crisp by going to the beach. I do not see it as any more unethical than someone who sells alcohol or cigarettes, or an extremely greecy restaurant.

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