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Understanding Tanning: Part 2

By Kellie Heywood

There is strong evidence linking tanning with the increased risk of skin cancer, but what about the positive health claims made for tanning?

Pre-tanning or pretending?

One of the arguments sometimes put forward for solarium/sun-bed tanning is that it is a good, controlled way of developing sun protection for the skin prior to going out in the sun. But according to the World Health Organization a tan only offers a level of protection equivalent to a sunscreen protection factor of two or three, in effect, very little at all.

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