Tanning and Sun Safety

Tanned skin is NOT healthy skin.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning booths and the sun can greatly damage skin and increase risk of skin cancer, some types of which are deadly.

Learn more about the risks of tanning, indoors and outdoors, and steps you can take to protect your skin and your health.

Indoor Tanning

Tanning Bed

Indoor tanning is dangerous. It exposes you to high levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation in a short time. Tanning beds are much more intense than natural sun exposure.

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Sun Safety

Sun safety

Exposure to the sun’s rays happens during everyday activities like biking, walking, and gardening. Even when a sunburn or tan fades, damage caused to skin cells does not.

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Skin Cancer


About 90% of skin cancers are the result of too much exposure to UV radiation from either the sun or indoor tanning (tanning beds, tanning booths, and sunlamps).

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Checking for skin cancer

Are you a potential tanner? A parent or teacher? A tanning facility operator? Click below to find educational materials about indoor tanning and sun safety.

Indoor tanning and sun safety materials