If I can play in the sun in the beach in Mexico (wearing my rash guard, sunglasses, big hat, and sunscreen) and without burning, then you can too.

You increase your chance of Melanoma by 75% if you use tanning beds before the age of 30.
Melanoma is the most common form of cancer in white women ages 15 – 29.
Melanoma rates have risen by 50% in that same age group since the 1980s, which coincides with the proliferation of the tanning industry.
The UVA radiation emitted by tanning beds can be as much as 10 to 15 times more powerful than midday sun.
Tanning prior to going on a sunny vacation is a serious mistake.

Sincerely,
Julie E. Voss, MD