Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY) has introduced legislation to repeal the Tan Tax — the 10% excise tax on tanning services that is being used to fund the Healthcare Reform Legislation and passed in the last Congress.
We have to make sure your Congressman and Senators know how unpopular and unfair this tax is. If the millions of Americans who have to pay this regressive tax speak out, Congress will listen.
Please take a minute and send emails to your Senators and Congressman and urge to each support Congressman Grimm’s Bill, H.R. 2092 and repeal this tax. Even if you already supported our earlier efforts to have the tax stripped out of the healthcare reform bill, please send additional emails today.
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A study out of Sweden suggests a powerful connection between tanning and a decreased incidence of breast cancer and other cancers in women. The research followed nearly 50,000 Swedish women for 15 years. The participants ranged in age from 30 to 49 when the program began back in 1991-1992. Approximately 2,000 of the ladies received a cancer diagnosis during the study, with the following types reported: brain, colon-rectal, lung, ovarian and breast cancer.
In an effort to examine potential associations between UV exposure and the increased or decreased risk of various cancers – including breast cancer – the researchers reviewed the history of UV exposure for all the women when they were ages 10 to 29. The breast cancer rate was nearly 50 percent less among those subjects who had spent more than a week a year during those years enjoying moderate UV exposure (even on an annual vacation). The tanned Swedes also showed 30 percent less risk of developing an internal cancer as compared to their non-tanning counterparts.
The researchers – from the University of Oxford in England, the University of Oslo in Norway, The Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the Harvard School of Public Health in the United States – concluded there was no support to establish a negative link between overall cancer risk and ongoing UV exposure experienced earlier in life. In fact, the women who received UV exposure through indoor tanning or the sun experienced significantly fewer cases of internal ailments such as breast cancer.
The study’s authors intimate that the decreased propensity for illness can be attributed to vitamin D associated with increased UV exposure through tanning equipment or sunlight.
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention: Prospective study of UV exposure and cancer incidence among Swedish women
Allowing the skin to slowly become accustomed to UV radiation from sunlight by moderate indoor tanning creates a protective effect, says the Sunlight Research Forum (SRF). Studies repeatedly find that continuous sun exposure below the erythema threshold (when the skin begins to redden) is essential in helping the human body to build up its natural self-protection mechanism against UV-ray overexposure. Pigmentation and the formation of the so-called “light callous” – a thickening of the skin’s uppermost layer, the stratum corneum – create an effective dermatological barrier against excessive radiation’s harmful effects. This naturally produced effect is comparable to the protection offered by sun cream. “Regular sun bathing over a period of three to four weeks allows the light callous to fully develop. The thickened stratum corneum is better able to absorb UVB light and to prevent it from penetrating the rest of the epidermis,” explains Ad Brand from SRF. He continues by explaining how solar radiation boosts the production of the pigment melanin. “This skin pigment provides another layer of protection from UV radiation below the stratum corneum. Melanin is the substance which produces tanned skin. The more melanin stored, then the darker the suntan,” he shares.
“Tanning outdoors or in a solarium therefore provides greater protection from the sun by activating the skin’s own protection against UV rays.” Brand recommends that “the three to four weeks running up to a beach holiday should be used to build up the light callous layer and increase melanin production.” He warns that “Sudden overexposure to UV radiation without preparation can cause sunburn and increases the risk of developing skin cancer.”
SRF is a not-for-profit organization based in The Netherlands. SRF’s aim is to help bring to the forefront the latest medical and scientific information on the effects of moderate UV exposure on man. It takes time, often decades, for new scientific ideas to be accepted and assimilated, first into the general body of scientific knowledge and finally into policy. SRF wants to reduce this time to a minimum so that the benefits of research can lead to a better understanding of UV effects on man and will become available to the public without any unnecessary delay. The organization hopes to provide policy makers with correct information on which to base national health policy and individuals with better information on which to base choices about their lifestyles.
Ever wonder what the difference is between the two ultraviolet rays in a tanning bed? UVA and UVB rays are the two rays used to tan your skin. UVB rays are shorter in length than UVA rays and don’t penetrate as deep into the skin. Though they may be shorter, these rays are very strong and can cause damage to your eyes. Because of this, eye protection is important when tanning indoors and outdoors.
The UVA rays emitted from tanning lamps, as mentioned, are longer in length than UVB rays and penetrate deeper in to the skin. UVA rays stimulate the melanocyte cells to produce more melanin. Simply put, it helps produce the color that we all know as a sun tan. The more melanin that is produced by the melanocytes in our skin, the tanner we appear. These rays are artificially created by tanning bed bulbs. The lamps tend to emit larger amounts of UVA, from 93 to 99%, and only about 7 to 1% of UVB rays. The production of vitamin D is stimulated by exposure to both ultraviolet rays.
At Sun Suite tanning, our beds have both UVA and UVB rays. Our level five is a bronzing bed, containing 100% UVA rays, a favorite to tanners at our salon that want to maximize their color. Our tanning professionals recommend getting a good base tan from beds with UVA and UVB rays before jumping to level 5. With the level five bronzing bed, it takes color to make color.
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