Indoor tanning exposes the skin to both UVA and UVB rays, which are two different wavelengths naturally emitted from the sun. People who are younger than the age of 35 and begin tanning in either the sun or in a tanning bed, are at a 75 percent higher risk of melanoma than those who abstain. There is a common misconception that indoor tanning is safer than outdoor tanning because there is the illusion of control. They believe because they’re in a tanning bed they’ll avoid getting burned and therefore aren’t doing damage to their skin. However, developing a tan without a burn is the skin’s response to injury. Skin cells respond to damage from UV rays by producing more pigment.
Dr. Rokhsar is a trained Mohs micrographic surgeon, who specializes in recognizing atypical skin growths and treatment of skin cancer. There are many ways to spot a suspicious skin growth, such as an asymmetrical, discolored bump that has developed overtime. Birthmarks and moles are also cause for suspicion and need to be biopsied and tested for cancerous cells.