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new ads promote cancer. sort of.
by kar3n (kar3ning)
at March 27th, 2008 (01:05 pm)
current mood: pale

"The benefits of moderate UV exposure outweigh *any* potential risk."

Say WHAT? So says Sarah Longwell, a representative of the Indoor Tanning Association.

"The dermatologists, the sunscreen and cosmetic industries have tried to say that somehow moderate tanning causes melanoma, which is just not true."

I can't believe it! Those dastardly dermatologists and their little henchmen in the sunscreen industry are just lining their pockets and getting rich trying to prevent skin cancer! Those... bastards?

According to ABC News, the Indoor Tanning Association is ignoring 50 years of research, everything that dermatologists have been saying, advice from your mom, and all common sense, and is launching a new ad campaign to promote the benefits of baking yourself under UV light.

It's important to have UV light, they say, because UV light causes the skin to produce vitamin D, which is vitally important in preventing osteoporosis, rickets, and a whole list of other bad stuff.

Now, this is actually true. Vitamin D is good for you, and having too little of it will make you sick and weak. But do you know how else you get vitamin D? Walking around in the daytime. Putting milk on your cereal. Eating the salmon sushi for lunch. You don't need to barbeque yourself in order to prevent osteoporosis, dumbass.

[A visit to their website is a stupefying gallery of EPIC FAIL-- including this awesome paper (warning: PDF) that insinuates that the British government wants to keep its citizens from enjoying the sunlight.]

Health issues aside, there's also the fact that tanning causes wrinkles, premature aging, weird spots and makes your skin look like a reptile.

Me personally, I'd rather look like

when I'm 60,

than look like

when I'm 40.


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Posted by: Epilepsy is Dancing (kinkygiggles)
Posted at: March 28th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)


Posted by: kar3n (kar3ning)
Posted at: March 28th, 2008 08:31 am (UTC)

There have also been more cases of skin cancer since the widespread use of sunblock than before it.

1. Our grandmothers weren't using tanning beds.
2. What's perceived as an increase in the incidence of skin cancer may be the result of greater awareness and early detection.

That said, sitting in the sun once in a while probably won't kill you. But when a trade group gets airtime on Good Morning America to peddle junk science and promote their product as healthful, I get rather irate.

Posted by: nothing (sonickuz)
Posted at: March 28th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)

Cancer is subject to many other factors. I figure most young people are not at risk for cancer from tanning beds.

But there is no way around the fact that tanning will "age" your skin.

Posted by: 1111111111111 (igiveyoumylife)
Posted at: March 28th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)

or this:

I wonder how much they paid to run that ad

Posted by: kar3n (kar3ning)
Posted at: March 28th, 2008 08:33 am (UTC)

Same as anyone else that wants a full-page ad in the New York Times, I guess. I'm wondering which numbnuts producer decided to let a trade group advertise on Good Morning America?

Posted by: von_trampp (von_trampp)
Posted at: March 28th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)

Yikes! Donatella Versace has always creeped me out.

Posted by: kar3n (kar3ning)
Posted at: March 28th, 2008 08:33 am (UTC)

That was one of the better pictures I could find. Eek.

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