June 14, 2012

Spray tans may cause cancer

Bad news for those who love bronzed skin and frequently go to the tanning salons. Although they used to be considered a less harmful solution for getting the skin a nice bronzed color, compared to sunbeds, U.S researchers say that spray tans can cause serious health problems, including cancer.

It seems that the tanning substance, known as DHA, is very dangerous if inhaled. When DHA enters the lungs, it is absorbed into the bloodstream, where it can damage DNA and cause tumours.

Although there haven’t been carried out tests on humans, but on cells in the laboratory, researchers say that the risks are real. They added that those who use the tanning service occasionally present a low risk of disease, but those who tan often are in danger. They suggest people should wear protective undergarments for nose and lips while spray tanning, to reduce the risk of the mist entering the body.

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