The dangers of tanning for young people

Tanning time will soon be in full swing.

With the summer heat behind us, tanning beds are how some people stay bronze all winter, but some states are making it tougher for young people to use them.

Pronews 7 spoke with both a medical professional and a salon owner and they both made their case for how good or bad tanning can be.

Freida Toler, a nurse practitioner said tanning can be both dangerous and detrimental to your health.

"The sun can be a really great thing," said Toler. "It helps with Vitamin D as we all know, but the sun can also give us damaging rays. Tanning beds take the damaging rays and give that to you at about 93 percent more than you would get from the normal sun."

Neon Sun Tanning Salon Owner Blake Goldston strongly disputes that.

He said all of the medical and scientific research that has ever been done on tanning salons in this country, or anywhere for that matter, has shown nothing but positive benefits.

"The latest study came from Stanford University, it was released six or eight months ago, Vitamin D you get from indoor tanning helps reduce even melanoma by as much as 50 percent."

Toler said "Its been shown or hasn't been shown that vitamin D actually increases that much with tanning in a tanning bed, you get it from the sun."

The State of Texas doesn't allow kids under the age of sixteen and half to without written consent from their parents, and Toler says that's a good thing.

"75 percent of melanoma cases that are found in young people, women ages 20-29 and it's found the sooner you start tanning the more effect you have on your skin, you don't see it immediately."

If you're going to tan, look at the statistics, and remember age is just a number and anyone can get melanoma. Toler added.