In July 2009, the International Agency for Research and Cancer, affiliated with the World Health Organization, announced that UV radiation from tanning machines had been added to its infamous Group I – substances such as plutonium deemed “carcinogenic to humans.” The IARC report in The Lancet marked its first official recognition that tanning devices are a comparable cause of cancer. In other words, tanning beds are now considered a Class 1 carcinogen, the same as cigarettes.
With melanoma rates doubling, mostly among young people in their 20s and 30s – and primarily females, dermatologists are urging patients to stop tanning. Because an instant tan can be achieved all year round, many are developing skin cancer on parts of their body that rarely see the sun. People who tan on a regular basis are 6 times more likely to get skin cancer.
For Dr. Marcy Street, a board certified dermatologist in Lansing Michigan and the nation’s first African American female MOHS surgeon in the country, the facts are alarming. “As a dermatologist who specializes in skin cancer and as a mother of two daughters, these statistics are very upsetting. In my practice, we are seeing an increase of younger patients with melanoma. A generation that wants results now, but doesn’t consider the consequences later.”
Instead of tanning, consider getting a spray tan. But remember that your skin is not actually tan, always wear protective clothing and an SPF of 15 or higher when going out in the sun.
Dr. Marcy Street is a board certified, fellowship trained dermatologist, specializing in skin cancer, skin cancer prevention, and Mohs skin cancer surgery. She is the medical director and founder of Doctor’s Approach Dermatology – a full-service medical and surgical dermatology clinic, Doctor’s Approach MedSpa – the only cosmetic medspa in mid-Michigan overseen by a dermatologist and Doctor’s Approach Products – a line of skin, hair, and nail products specifically developed by Dr. Street. Doctor’s Approach has been well established and respected for over 18 years, with patients visiting from all over the nation, including Canada. Her staff includes three highly trained dermatologists and certified estheticians that provide the best in cutting edge medical technology, comprehensive care and services in a relaxing and nurturing environment.
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Doctor’s Approach is a full-service medical and surgical dermatology clinic with a cosmetic medical spa. Our dermatology practice has been well established and respected for over 15 years, with patients visiting from all over the Midwest region.