Fact or Fiction: Tanning

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The indoor tanning industry asserts that there is no link between sun exposure and melanoma.

The indoor tanning industry does say that sun exposure and melanoma are not linked, but doctors and experts disagree.

A 2007 study found that using tanning beds after age 45 increases your risk of melanoma by 50 percent.

The study -- published in the International Journal of Cancer -- showed that using tanning beds before age 35 increases the melanoma risk by 75 percent.

Tanning beds are a safe way to obtain vitamin D.

While your body does get vitamin D from tanning, most experts say you're safer getting it from a supplement rather than from UV exposure.

There are about 10,000 tanning salons in the United States.

There are around 25,000 tanning salons in the country.

Most tanning beds emit about 95 percent UVA rays and 5 percent UVB rays.

The ratio is about 95 percent UVA to 5 percent UVB.

A July 2009 study labeled tanning beds as dangerous to your health as arsenic.

Cancer experts from around the world put tanning into the top cancer risk category, up there along with arsenic and mustard gas.

If you don't wear goggles in a tanning bed, you could go blind.

You could actually end up with a condition called arc eye, which welders sometimes get if they don't protect their eyes.

Getting a base tan before going off on a beach vacation will prevent you from getting a sunburn.

Tanning will give your skin a natural SPF of around 4, which will not protect you from a sunburn. Plus, the base tan is damage in itself.

Studies have shown that young people who use tanning beds regularly are twice as likely to get melanoma than people who have never used them.

Yep, eight times more likely.

In 2009, the Baltimore city council considered a measure that would require parental permission for minors using tanning beds.

The measure, which was defeated, would have made it illegal for minors in Baltimore to use tanning beds without permission from a physician.

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People often use tanning beds as a "safe" alternative to tanning under the sun, even though tanning beds are just as dangerous as the sun. If you're a tanning-bed aficionado, you might think twice about heading to the salon after you take this quiz.

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