Australia, in particular, has long been recognized as a hotbed of skin cancer.
With over 750,000 diagnosed cases each year, Australia has two to three times more cases of skin cancer than found in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Why does Australia have such high rates of skin cancer, and what does that mean for you if you live there or are planning on visiting?
Almost 30 million people tan indoors in the United States every year. That’s a lot. Many indoor tanning companies will tell you that lying in a tanning bed is actually safer for your skin than being in the sun. Other people insist you’re better off lying on the beach.
So which is it? Are tanning beds bad for you? And is a tanning bed really worse than the sun It’s more complicated than you might expect. Keep reading to learn more.
Need to know facts:
In the U.S., skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. Estimates from 2006 showed over 2 million people were treated for non-melanoma skin cancer, resulting in over 3.5 million diagnosed skin cancer annually.
In the U.S., one in every five people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.