Dangers of Tanning

The Dangers of Tanning
I. On an average day in the United States more than one million people tan in a tanning salon. Some of these same people also smoke. You’re probably wondering what the correlation between smoking and tanning is. People who smoke are usually aware of the health risk related to smoking, however, many people are unaware of the health risk that tanning has.
II. Today in America being tan in associated with beauty, status, and even health. From the pages of magazines to the films we watch we are inundated with numerous images of beautiful people with tans. Magazines such as Fitness and Health, Runners World and countless others have covers with tanned models. Yes, these individuals have a beautiful tan, but what are they really doing to their body. So, I ask is tanning really dangerous to your health?
III. In my research on the dangers of tanning I reviewed numerous articles, publications, and websites.
IV. The purpose of my speech is to inform you about the dangers of tanning in hopes this will persuade you to stop using tanning beds and to protect your skin from the sun when you are outdoors. I will explain how tanning significantly contributes to the risk and development of skin cancers and the other adverse effects of prolonged sun exposure.
(Transition: First, let’s look at the different types of rays from the sun and those used in tanning beds.)
I. Natural sunlight is composed of three different ultraviolet, also known as UV, wavelengths.
A. UVC rays.
1. These rays do not reach the earth’s surface.
B. UVB rays.
1. These rays reach the surface of the earth and are partially blocked by the atmosphere.
2. Have long been considered the “tanning” rays.
3. Strongest rays in the summer months or when the earths orbit is closest to the sun.
4. UVB rays only penetrate the very top layer of skin and stimulate cells to produce more melanin, which is what gives us the suntan color.
5. Now referred to as the “burning”...