Neon Sun tanning salon is advertising that tanning prevents several diseases including skin cancer on their signs.
The signs are along Bell Street and Hillside Road.
Neon Sunâ??s owner Blake Goldston said he has several reports from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention along with the World Health Organization to back his claim that there is no specific research showing the correlation between indoor tanning and skin cancer. He said a study from Dermatologic Therapy shows the estimated relative risk for excessive sun exposure is controversial.
"There is no research that exists that shows a causal between indoor tanning and increased incidents of skin cancer and melanoma," Goldston said.
The Surgeon General recently called for action to reduce skin cancer. According to the recent report, close to 5 million people are treated for skin cancer. It also states that close to 9000 people die from melanoma a year.
Goldston said the studies donâ??t show enough evidence, and the number of skin cancer is decreasing.
â??Itâ??s interesting that in the U.S , the incidence of melanoma has been on the decline and I quote from the American Cancer Society is significantly less than 2/10th of 1 percent, and to the people who tan indoor is exactly the same. There's just no evidence showing anything different," Goldston said.
Jason McCoy, senior representative for the High Plains division of the American Cancer Society, said the opposite. McCoy said they gather all their information from studies and research from the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute. They said Texas is currently estimated at having more than 3000 people with skin cancer, and a total amount of 590 deaths in 2014 alone from skin cancer.
â??The risk of skin cancer comes from two things: one is the U.V rays from the sun, and the other is U.V rays from tanning beds,â?? McCoy said.
Local dermatologist Dr. Elaine Cook said there is no truth to the signs, and said the misinformation could be harmful to residentâ??s health.
"According to a study, there's a 55 percent increase of melanoma in people who use tanning beds, and in another study, a 75% increase of those who went tanning before the age of 35. Melanoma has been tied to frequent sunburns and tanning beds,â?? Cook said.
McCoy said according to the Federal Trade Commission, the Indoor Tanning Association was charged with making false health and safety claims about indoor tanning and often advertise itâ??s beneficial to a personâ??s health.
Cook said Vitamin D can easily be obtained with 5-10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure, and both Cook and the American Cancer Society said Vitamin D enriched foods can also help prevent a Vitamin D deficiency.