Farmington Hills, MI (March 20, 2007)--- As adults and teens prepare for their spring break trips, thoughts of time in the sun and getting a tan are on their minds. Some people are even preparing for their trips at local tanning salons by getting what many call a “base tan.”
Joseph Schneider, D.O., a dermatologist at Botsford’s Dermatology Clinic, says, “Many people think that getting a base tan before leaving for a sunny destination protects your skin from sunburn. However, this is not true. The best way to prevent sunburn is to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays with sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher.”
Long-term exposure to the sun and to artificial sources of UV light from tanning beds contributes to the risk of developing skin cancer. When skin cancer is caught early, it is very treatable. However, some types, including melanoma, can be fatal if not treated early.
Despite the risks associated with using tanning salons, the American Academy of Dermatology states that nearly 30 million people tan indoors in the U.S. annually and 2.3 million of these are teens.
Dr. Schneider offers the following tips to protect your skin:
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