The death rate from malignant melanoma, a deadly skin cancer is relentlessly rising. Cancer expert, Richard Marais, professor of molecular oncology at The Institute of Cancer Research in London shared that people sold a ‘healthy tan’, either from burning in the sun or on a sun bed, should know they are being sold a carcinogen that kills. He stated, “You can call it, for want of a better word, an epidemic.” (Link)
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that the deadly carcinogens in cigarette smoke are in the same category as the ultraviolet radiation that causes skin cancer from burning in the sun or in a sun bed in a tanning parlor.
Dr James Larkin, consultant medical oncologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London stated that the message of “don’t burn” is just not getting through to people. The unfortunate news is that by the time the message does get through about how dangerous being in the sun without protection on your skin is, it’s often too late and cancer has not only formed, but sometimes has spread to other bodily organs. Dr. Larkin warned, “The real problem with melanoma, though, is that it spreads. Once you have melanoma that has spread to the internal organs, average life expectancy is between six and nine months.”