Scientists Develop Drug That Gives You Natural Tan Without Sun’s Harmful Rays

More people develop skin cancer because of tanning than they develop lung cancer because of smoking. Scary, huh? Photomaxx/Shutterstock

On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if they have had more than five sunburns. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Each year in the US, there are more new cases of skin cancer diagnosed than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers combined.

The risk of indoor tanning is not worth a golden glow. Each year, more than 419,000 skin cancer cases in the US are linked to indoor tanning. People who have used tanning beds 10 or more times have increased their risk of developing melanoma by 34 percent compared to those who have never used tanning beds.

Eventually, the researchers want to combine their drug with sunscreen for maximum protection against the Sun. Until then, daily use of SPF15 or higher reduces your risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent, so as Baz Luhrmann famously said: “Wear sunscreen”.

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