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Study: Tanning beds increase melanoma risk by 800 percent

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A tanning bed is an indoor way to get tan. (File/FOX Carolina) A tanning bed is an indoor way to get tan. (File/FOX Carolina)

A New Jersey mom is popping up all over TV and the Internet. Everyone's talking about her deep tan and the child endangerment charges against her.

She's accused of letting her 6-year-old visit a tanning bed. Thursday, the super tan mom's husband talked about the case. He insists his wife is a good mother who is being wrongly accused and is being unfairly judged.

"She enjoys tanning and I just think that's a thing that she does," said her husband, Rich Krentcil. "But I agree this is being judged right away when the real truth will come out."

The tanning salon where she goes every other day has kicked her out and told her not to come back.

Her arrest has people talking about tanning and when it's too much or even dangerous.

Dr. Justin Moll at Parkside Pediatrics in Greenville said it's the Ultraviolet B rays that are what most often cause skin cancer, but it's the UVA rays which help us tan.

Moll said tanning salons sell their UVA ray beds, but Moll said UVA can also lead to long term damage. He said according to a new study, people who use tanning beds ten times or more a year are 800 percent more likely to increase their risk for melanoma.

Jamie Lane, who co-owns Golden Tan off Woodruff Road in Greenville, said it's all a matter of moderation.

"If you do the research, it's not, ‘If you tan in a tanning bed you're going to get cancer,'" said Lane. "Nobody can prove it's any worse or any better than the sun. It's UVA; it's UVB; it's the same. It's just, ‘How long are you doing it?' Have you been doing it for 20 years? Do you do it everyday?"

Both Moll and Lane agree that a safer option for tanning is by spray. Lane said Golden Tan started offering spray tans for the last two months, and it's been hugely popular.

Lane said there are five different colors people can mix and match so it looks natural, and it takes about 20 minutes.

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