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Does anyone use sunbed ?

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shelly0 · 16/10/2018 13:39

Currently pregnant so haven't used a sunbed since feb but I really can't wait to get back on them despite knowing the dangers, how Can I stop myself I don't like fake tan at all. I used to go on twice a week for 10-12 mins I really don't want to go back to old ways but I'm itching too.

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Sonders · 17/10/2018 13:01

It was really hammered into me at school about sunbeds, and then I studied genetics at uni and how sunbeds (and other carcinogens) cause cancer. It's ruddy fascinating, and devastating.

I've never used them, but think of the comparisons on this thread are a little out of whack. Just because 2 thinks can cause cancer, doesn't mean they're equally bad. We all have a threshold at which we've done so much cell damage, we get cancer.

This is an over simplification/analogy, but my threshold might be 100, yours 150 and someone else sadly a 50. Everything we do moves us closer to that threshold. Burnt toast every day for 10 years? Add one point. Smoke 20 a day? Add 10 points every dang year. Sun beds can be as bad as smoking, and I don't see why anyone would be in a hurry to meet their threshold, when it's impossible to know what it is.


Sonders · 17/10/2018 13:03

That's also why sun bed use causes cancer decades down the line. They may have used up two-thirds of your threshold before you turn 25, and every-day carcinogens tip you over the limit much sooner than you ever imagined.


waterlego6064 · 17/10/2018 13:12

Sonders, your explanation of cancer risk has really helped me to understand it all a lot better, thank you.


shelly0 · 17/10/2018 15:08

@Sonders that's really good I was never told about sunbeds at all at school! I don't feel like you ever here much about it either like on tv etc, there should be a lot more awareness of the dangers I truly don't believe young people today know enough, they just think they get a tan

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Howsoon · 17/10/2018 15:14

Don't be silly. I am in oncology and I don't want to have to tell you you have skin cancer and listen to you cry about how you'll tell your children when your malignant melanomahas spread.


waterlego6064 · 17/10/2018 15:30

It amazes me that there are people who don’t know it’s dangerous. Surely there must be some warnings on display in the salons or on the equipment itself? If not, why on earth not? 😮 We have warnings on tobacco and booze and this shouldn’t be any different.


loveyoutothemoon · 17/10/2018 16:49

You definitely need to wise up, and if all these comments don't help you to do that, then nothing will.

And crikey to the poster on here that said they don't care about the cancer risks [shocked] Confused

Benefit is the best tan/bronzer for being the most natural and easiest to apply by far!

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