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Why are tanning salon tans more hazardous than natural suntans?

Both natural sunlight and tanning salons are hazardous. Tanning beds have a higher concentration of UVA rays than sunlight. Although UVA rays are less likely to cause burns, people who have ever tanned indoors are 55% more likely to develop malignant melanoma, which is a potentially deadly skin cancer. Natural sunlight additionally has UVB rays, which can also lead to skin cancer and are more likely to cause burns. It is best to avoid tanning salons and limit exposure to natural sunlight. If you plan to be outside be sure to apply sunblock to protect your skin from the sun's rays.

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