Is tanning worth the cancer?

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    Jun 14, 2013 7:29 PM GMT
    I get really sick of having a farmer's tan EVERY FRICKIN' YEAR. It seems like no matter how much time I spend out in the sun shirtless, once those tan lines are there, they won't go away unless I hit the tanning bed often enough. At the same time, I kinda don't want to turn to leather in ten years, and I'd really like to avoid malignant tumors.

    Is having uniformly bronzed skin worth the potential health risks down the road? Common sense says no, so why are we obsessed with the idea that tan lines are worse than melanoma?

    Discuss.

  • Jun 14, 2013 7:30 PM GMT
    Yes i wish i could tan but the ppl said imto tanned
  • killercliche

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    Jun 14, 2013 7:32 PM GMT
    You look great with a fair complexion.

    I suggest wearing sunblock everyday you plan on being out in the sun for more than ten minutes. In ten years you will thank me.
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    Jun 14, 2013 7:44 PM GMT
    I'm currently in the process of having several removed. A couple are on my face, which is leaving me quite hideous looking... . So I would say no, and these days I like pasty pale men.
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    Jun 14, 2013 7:56 PM GMT
    I think guys with dark hair like yourself look much better without a tan.
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    Jun 14, 2013 7:57 PM GMT
    hairyandym saidI'm currently in the process of having several removed. A couple are on my face, which is leaving me quite hideous looking... . So I would say no, and these days I like pasty pale men.


    Yikes icon_sad.gif Sorry to hear that.
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    Jun 14, 2013 7:57 PM GMT
    Pale is totally in now.

    Leave ur bronzers at home, gurrrls.
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    Jun 15, 2013 1:31 AM GMT
    Ive had so many removed I cant even remember how many over the years. Luckily I havent scared too much, but some of my friends have and it is ugly. being tan and young may appear appealing, but its short term and you have to live with the consequences a long time.

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    Jun 15, 2013 1:33 AM GMT
    In excess - VERY bad.

    In controlled portions, no. There seems to be a misconception that the moment you use a tanning bed that you'll walk out with cancer...be smart about it.
  • Timbales

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    Jun 15, 2013 1:40 AM GMT
    Depends on your risk factors. If you got a lot of sunburns as a kid, if you are fair skinned, if you have light eyes, then you're at higher risk.

    If you get "farmer's tan" and want to keep it even, it's smarter to to wear sunscreen to protect you arms, neck and face.
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    Jun 15, 2013 1:41 AM GMT
    sorry not worth it.
  • HottJoe

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    Jun 15, 2013 1:46 AM GMT
    Every time the sun touches your skin it's like you just smoked seven cigarettes.
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    Jun 15, 2013 1:49 AM GMT
    Timbales saidDepends on your risk factors. If you got a lot of sunburns as a kid, if you are fair skinned, if you have light eyes, then you're at higher risk.

    If you get "farmer's tan" and want to keep it even, it's smarter to to wear sunscreen to protect you arms, neck and face.


    So many people down here are now having cancers removed from parts of their body that as a kid they remember getting really burnt. We have no ozone protecting us down here. Even now in the middle of winter the sun is dangerous in large doses.
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    Jun 15, 2013 1:54 AM GMT
    I'm ten years older than my sister. She always got tans. I didn't. People think *she's* ten years older now. Nuff said?
    I like the look of a tan though. Are there any pills or sprays that look good and won't KILL YOU?

    (Oh - and sis got mild skin cancer.)
  • Timbales

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    Jun 15, 2013 1:54 AM GMT
    yiboz said
    Timbales saidDepends on your risk factors. If you got a lot of sunburns as a kid, if you are fair skinned, if you have light eyes, then you're at higher risk.

    If you get "farmer's tan" and want to keep it even, it's smarter to to wear sunscreen to protect you arms, neck and face.


    So many people down here are now having cancers removed from parts of their body that as a kid they remember getting really burnt. We have no ozone protecting us down here. Even now in the middle of winter the sun is dangerous in large doses.


    I'm old (43) and when I was a kid no one thought of sunscreen. I was out in the sun all summer long at the city pool. I was sunburned and peeling from June to September.

    Now I go to the dermatologist once a year for my annual funky mole check. So far I've had about 8 removed. I haven't tried to have any kind of tan for about 15 years.
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    Jun 15, 2013 3:34 AM GMT
    I think tan lines are sexy as hell!

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    Jun 15, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    maybe you should ask a skin cancer patient or any type of cancer patient if they enjoy having cancer.
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    Jun 15, 2013 5:15 AM GMT
    I love the beach and tan quite easily but never to the point of risking cancer. You can get airbrush tan if you really want, kardadhian style.
  • HottJoe

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    Jun 15, 2013 5:16 AM GMT
    Bar2013 saidI love the beach and tan quite easily but never to the point of risking cancer. You can get airbrush tan if you really want, kardadhian style.

    If you're tanning at all you're putting yourself at risk.
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    Jun 15, 2013 5:23 AM GMT
    HottJoe said
    Bar2013 saidI love the beach and tan quite easily but never to the point of risking cancer. You can get airbrush tan if you really want, kardadhian style.

    If you're tanning at all you're putting yourself at risk.

    Going outside and getting color is not putting yourself at risk.

    I'm sorry but I simply do not buy into the hype that "you WILL get cancer" by being tanned. It's absurd.

    There is color and then there is wrinkly prune tan which you get from EXCESSIVE tanning.
  • killercliche

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    Jun 15, 2013 5:27 AM GMT
    IceBuckets said
    HottJoe said
    Bar2013 saidI love the beach and tan quite easily but never to the point of risking cancer. You can get airbrush tan if you really want, kardadhian style.

    If you're tanning at all you're putting yourself at risk.

    Going outside and getting color is not putting yourself at risk.

    I'm sorry but I simply do not buy into the hype that "you WILL get cancer" by being tanned. It's absurd.

    There is color and then there is wrinkly prune tan which you get from EXCESSIVE tanning.


    My uncle died from skin cancer that spread to his brain. Doctors said it was traced back to sunburns he got as a teenager working outside. My uncle was a fair skinned irishman. Depending on your genetic makeup it can sadly be that serious.
  • killercliche

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    Jun 15, 2013 5:29 AM GMT
    HottJoe saidEvery time the sun touches your skin it's like you just smoked seven cigarettes.


    Is this hyperbole or did you get this information from somewhere?
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    Jun 15, 2013 5:32 AM GMT
    killercliche said
    IceBuckets said
    HottJoe said
    Bar2013 saidI love the beach and tan quite easily but never to the point of risking cancer. You can get airbrush tan if you really want, kardadhian style.

    If you're tanning at all you're putting yourself at risk.

    Going outside and getting color is not putting yourself at risk.

    I'm sorry but I simply do not buy into the hype that "you WILL get cancer" by being tanned. It's absurd.

    There is color and then there is wrinkly prune tan which you get from EXCESSIVE tanning.


    My uncle died from skin cancer that spread to his brain. Doctors said it was traced back to sunburns he got as a teenager working outside. My uncle was a fair skinned irishman. Depending on your genetic makeup it can sadly be that serious.

    I'm just talking in general - people who simply burn (I'm not sure why you'd keep intentionally trying to tan yourself when all you do is burn) - okay, dangerous. But I'm sure that your uncle didn't get a single sun burn and then had cancer x years later either. Excessive burns.
  • HottJoe

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    Jun 15, 2013 5:32 AM GMT
    IceBuckets said
    HottJoe said
    Bar2013 saidI love the beach and tan quite easily but never to the point of risking cancer. You can get airbrush tan if you really want, kardadhian style.

    If you're tanning at all you're putting yourself at risk.

    Going outside and getting color is not putting yourself at risk.

    I'm sorry but I simply do not buy into the hype that "you WILL get cancer" by being tanned. It's absurd.

    There is color and then there is wrinkly prune tan which you get from EXCESSIVE tanning.

    If you're darkening your skin with UV at all, you're causing inflammation and skin damage. I keep my skin as pale as possible, especially my face, hands, and neck. I think it's helped a great deal. I'll be 34 in a couple of weeks and people still ask me what school I go to..... Also, pale is in anyway which helps, lol. Five years ago I looked so pale compared to everyone else, it was shocking to see in pictures.
  • HottJoe

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    Jun 15, 2013 5:34 AM GMT
    killercliche said
    HottJoe saidEvery time the sun touches your skin it's like you just smoked seven cigarettes.


    Is this hyperbole or did you get this information from somewhere?


    No, that was a joke. Seven cigarettes at once??? Come on!

    Edit: although now that you mention it, I did smoke cigarettes for ten years.