Texas tanning company advertises tanning may help prevent skin cancer

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Things are heating up for an Amarillo tanning company after their newest campaign campaign caught fire. The company is advertising that tanning prevents several diseases including skin cancer on their signs.Fox 25 affiliate KVII in Amarillo reports Neon Sun is the company making the claims. Neon Sun's owner, Blake Goldston, told the station that he has several reports from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention along with the World Health Organization to back his claim that there is no specific research showing the correlation between indoor tanning and skin cancer. He said a study from Dermatologic Therapy shows the estimated relative risk for excessive sun exposure is controversial."There is no research that exists that shows a causal between indoor tanning and increased incidents of skin cancer and melanoma," Goldston said.The Surgeon General recently called for action to reduce skin cancer.According to the recent report, close to 5 million people are treated for skin cancer. It also states that close to 9000 people die from melanoma a year.Goldston said the studies don't show enough evidence, and the number of skin cancer is decreasing."It's interesting that in the U.S , the incidence of melanoma has been on the decline and I quote from the American Cancer Society is significantly less than 2/10th of 1 percent, and to the people who tan indoor is exactly the same. There's just no evidence showing anything different," Goldston said.Dr. Elaine Cook, a dermatologist in Amarillo, Texas warned that misinformation could be harmful to residents' health and that the Neon Sun advertisements are not true."According to a study, there's a 55 percent increase of melanoma in people who use tanning beds, and in another study, a 75 percent increase of those who went tanning before the age of 35. Melanoma has been tied to frequent sunburns and tanning beds," Cook told KVII.