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Are tanning salons giving me all the proper health information?

Susan Evans
Dermatology
Salons may take the position that their tanning beds only make use of UVA rays, and tell you that they aren't quite as dangerous as UVB rays. A recent study in Australia has proven that UVA rays are even more of a cancer danger than previously thought.

Some salons try to persuade you that you need to get more vitamin D into your system, possibly even to prevent osteoporosis. While it may be true that you need more Vitamin D, the amount of time you need to spend in the sun in order to absorb Vitamin D is far less than is required for a tan.

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