Tanning Responsibly

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"If their skin is fair, and they shouldn't be tanning, this is a great option."

Doug Winkler is referring to the Health Spray Tan. It's just one of the options available to his customers at Tanz-Mania in Lansing. He's owned the tanning salon for five years and knows it's his responsibility to monitor patrons.

"We consult with everyone who comes in, and we're really at the point where the majority of our clients ask what they should do."

Though some may look at tanning beds in a negative light, Doug says the controlled situation definitely has its advantages.

"You can regulate what percentage of UVA or UVB somebody's receiving inside as compared to outside where you can't control the sun. It is what it is."

"The more exposed you are, the more at risk you are for malignant melanoma."

Dr. Gordan Srkalovic is an oncologist at Sparrow Hospital. He knows regardless of what he tells people, many will continue to tan. So he suggests avoiding the sun during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and limiting your exposure at the tanning salon. Plus it's important to be on the look-out for abnormal moles or freckles, a sign of skin cancer.

"If it's caught early enough it can be cured, but in some cases it cannot and it can be deadly."

While Dr. Srkalovic would rather people avoid rays altogether. Doug loves for them to enjoy their time under the light. But both men do agree on one thing, moderation is the key.