Sunburns lead to serious sun damage and they hurt!

  • One blistering sunburn under the age of 20 doubles the risk of melanoma.
  • More than three blistering sunburns increase your risk of getting melanoma by five times.
  • The strongest sun rays are from 10 am
    to 4 pm.
  • As many as 90% of melanomas are estimated to be caused by UV exposure from the sun.
  • There is a common misconception that a tan acts as the body’s response to injury against sunburn.
  • Actually a tan reveals a body’s response to injury from UV radiation.   Damaged skin tries to protect itself by sending signals to melanocytes to produce more melanin which is the pigment in your skin that makes it darker.
  • 90 percent of wrinkles are caused by the sun.
  • Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is a proven carcinogen.
  • EMBRACE THE SKIN YOUR IN!  It’s cool not to have a tan!
  • Sunburns occur when your skin cannot produce melanin fast enough to prevent UV rays from injuring the skin’s surface.


At MAP we call tanning beds "CANCER IN A BOX"
  • More than 419,000 cases of skin cancer in the US each year is caused by indoor tanning beds.
  • More people develop skin cancer from tanning beds than develop lung cancer from smoking.
  • Using a tanning bed 10 or more times increases the risk for melanoma by 34 percent.
  • The UV radiation in a tanning bed is 13 times the intensity of the natural sun.
  • Tanning beds put your yes at risk for cataracts and corneal burns.
  • Tanning beds are deemed so dangerous they have been banned in 11 US states for anyone under the age of 18. Tanning beds have been banned completely in Brazil and Australia.
  • One indoor UV tanning session increases users risk for getting squamous cell carcinoma by 67 percent and basal cell carcinoma by 29 percent.
  • The risk of basal cell carcinoma increases to 73 percent if one tans six times per year.
  • Indoor tanners have a 69 percent increased risk of early onset basal cell carcinoma.
  • 30 million people tan indoors in the US every year. Two to three million of them are teens. On an average day more than one million Americans use tanning salons. 71 percent of tanning salon patrons are females.
  • The indoor tanning industry has annual estimated revenue of $5 billion.

Tanning Alternatives

Spray tans/Tanning lotions