McDonald's Outnumbered By Tanning Facilities In Florida: Study
December 28, 2013

McDonald’s Outnumbered By Tanning Facilities In Florida: Study

Gerard LeBlond for - Your Universe Online

Tanning beds have been used commercially for decades and according to a new study published in JAMA Dermatology, an estimated one million people use them daily. Use of these beds has been considered a high cancer risk and their use is being restricted in many states.

Indoor tanning has been linked to melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, mainly before the age of 35. Forty percent of teenage girls use tanning beds and about 20 percent of people between the ages of 18 - 29 used indoor tanning last year with 70 percent of those being white women.

Even with the escalated risk of cancer, the number of licensed indoor tanning facilities in Florida, as of October 2012, was 1,261. With the population in Florida, it figures out to be one tanning salon for every 15,113 people. That’s not including the homes with a personal tanning bed.

Fox News reported the article also included comparing the amount of tanning facilities to other popular businesses in the state. McDonald’s has 868 restaurants and CVS pharmacies has 693 stores in Florida.

Dr. Robert Kirsner, a dermatology professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine told the Miami Herald, “We were shocked. Even in the Sunshine State, where we get plenty of exposure, the beds are proliferating.”

He added, “We found 100 facilities associated with college dormitories and residences. Many of the facilities are associated with wellness centers and health spas, when it’s quite the opposite. They’re a health detriment.”

A bill was sent to the Florida legislature to ban the use of tanning beds for children under 16 and that would require parental consent for teens 16 - 18 years old. However, that bill died in committee.

Another article from HealthDay relating to the subject says there are 1,455 Bank of America ATMs in Florida, which is the only service to outnumber tanning facilities in the state.

Dr. Joshua Zeichner, of the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City said, “Dermatologists, primary care doctors, pediatricians, and lawmakers must work together to enforce stricter regulations on tanning and educate the public on the risk you put yourself at even after one tanning salon session.”

According to an article in the Huffington Post, tanning beds and booths emit UVA and UVB rays. The risk of a person getting melanoma is 59 percent for individuals who begin to use tanning beds before the age of 35. Florida also has the second highest melanoma rate in the country.

The CDC states melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer and indoor tanning has been linked to that disease as well as cancer of the eye. It also wrinkles the skin and changes skin texture.