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Old 07-28-2009, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Old 07-28-2009, 07:04 PM
 
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Anti-solarium campaigner dies | The Daily Telegraph


Dying for a tan

So sad that Claire had to die before legislation was changed here.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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well, this is not a surprise, is it?
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:55 AM
 
Location: North Shore Long Island
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I think about this every day.

I used to be a sun worshipper and used the beds off and on for 10 years. Ugh. I had no idea of the potential consequences at the time. There was talk of an increased risk, but not to the extent that the studies have shown these days.

I went for a skin check last year and my derm's face said it all when I told him I used tanning beds in the past.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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I never understood the desire to get dark and wrinkly. Being white is a lot more attractive than looking like a fried chicken at 40.
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:54 AM
 
Location: North Shore Long Island
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I never understood the desire to get dark and wrinkly. Being white is a lot more attractive than looking like a fried chicken at 40.
Yeah, but when you're 18 you live for the moment and have that "it will never happen to me" mentality. When you're 18 - early 20s, you're all about that "healthy glow". There's no forethought about the consequences.


I based the wrinkle factor on my genetics. I looked at family members who were sun worshippers and they didn't (still don't) have much in the way of wrinkles. (Even my derm told me that I can thank my parents for their genetics/heritage.)
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:22 AM
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Location: MA/NH
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I've never used a tanning bed. I haven't sunbathed in decades... I did swim in an outdoor pool at a friend's place about 6 years ago though. My boyfriend's younger sister's fiance's family has a tanning bed inside their house!!! They may be rich, but they aren't very bright people.
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I always figured something like this would come out. I remember girls who 'needed' to be tan and used the bed. There skin looked pretty rough by age 30. I argued with an ex that absorbing UV rays at a short distance cant be good for you. But she said, "its not harmful", ...I said, just hasnt been prroven yet. Some lawyers will make a mint off this.
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Old 07-30-2009, 05:38 PM
 
Location: North Central Illinois
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I used to be one of those vain people who always thought I looked better, younger and healthier with a tan. So I laid out in the sun and 'fake baked'. Now I'm paying the price. So far I've had three basal cell skin cancer lesions cut out of me and several scraped off. Very painful. So far I've been lucky and the lesions were caught in time but I live in constant fear of not noticing one and being too late. My dermatologist is a millionaire because of stupid people like me.
Now I don't go out in the sun without sunscreen. If anyone reads this and stops sun worshipping or going to tanning beds I'll be very happy.
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Old 07-30-2009, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, Az (unfortunately still here)
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I prefer the natural sun (out in the backyard), for just 1 hour every 2 days or so. It's better and free too.
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