Tanning can cause cancer. Sun lamps or tanning beds, just like the sun, give off ultraviolet radiation (UVR), a cancer-causing substance that causes harm to the eyes, early aging of the skin, wrinkling, and skin cancer.
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When your skin is exposed to the sun, it’s able to make vitamin D. Your body needs vitamin D to keep your bones, muscles and teeth healthy. Having the proper amount of Vitamin D is especially important for children and the elderly. However, overexposure to the sun and using a tanning bed increases your chance of developing skin cancer and is not recommended. It is important to develop and maintain good sun protective habits. There are safer ways to maintain healthy Vitamin D levels than through ultraviolet (UV) exposure.
You can get vitamin D from:
Protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays does not stop after the summer months are over. Ultraviolet Radiation (UVR) can damage your skin and eyes all year long.