Friday, July 13, 2012

skin cancer from planet tan

Thank You, Lord and thank you searcher! That simple search phrase, "skin cancer from planet tan" prompted me to do a little homework. From what I see plenty of people will continue getting skin cancer from Planet Tan and other places in the Tanning Idiotstry Universe. Far too many will get melanoma and many of those will die because they bought well-crafted lies. Lies that really DO sound honest and sincere. Planet Tan actually has the endorsement of...drum roll please...The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders! This is copied/pasted off Planet Tan's company page: "Planet Tan is the Official Tanning Center of the Dallas Mavericks Dancers, Dallas Stars Ice Girls, and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and has been featured in CMT's top rated reality show "Making the Team."" Oh, and Mark Cuban is also a member.

If you go to their page and click on "Company" two lower choices appear: About Us and TV Ads. There are five short spots to watch; one, "Beach" literally brought tears to my eye. A beautiful pale blonde is strolling the beach as these words scroll across the screen, "There are worse things than showing up to the beach looking pale & pasty. You could be really hairy too. Planet Tan. Feed your ego." Of course we go from seeing the beautiful blonde to seeing a big hairy man's chest.

Feed your melanoma would have been more accurate. But they made their point. And that "point" is at the end of a poisonous thorn.

I hate to give them press, but we really need to be aware of the lies these places are feeding, because people are still pulling up to their tables and feasting but instead of being pleasantly full they are pulling away from the table with, as my searcher has probably found, skin cancer. Possibly melanoma.

Copied and pasted from their own About Us Company page:

We're Dallas' largest tanning Super Center

Welcome to Planet Tan. We're Dallas' largest tanning Super Center.
Since 1995 Planet Tan has been a leader in indoor tanning with a brand based on fun, honesty and style.
Planet Tan was awarded the "Best Places To Work in Dallas-Ft. Worth" by the Dallas Business Journal, "Dallas 100" by SMU's Cox School of Business, "Top 250" tanning centers in nation by Looking Fit magazine, and Inc. Magazines "Inc. 5000".
Planet Tan is the Official Tanning Center of the Dallas Mavericks Dancers, Dallas Stars Ice Girls, and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and has been featured in CMT's top rated reality show "Making the Team."

Our purpose

Helping every body feel better about themselves by providing a remarkable tanning experience.

Our work values

Work hard. Have fun. Make history.

Our views on Life

WEAR SUNSCREEN. We agree with doctors and scientists: When you are outside, protect your skin from the sun by wearing appropriate protection. Having a Base Tan helps reduce your risk of sunburn.

Take care of your body

It's the only one you've got. Do what you can to keep it healthy and improve it. Whether you work out regularly or not at all, you'll find that you look toner, slimmer and healthier with a tan. When you look good, you feel better about yourself. And nothing's more attractive than confidence.

Ask questions

There are no stupid questions, just stupid answers. So feel free to ask our staff members anything. We love to tan just like you, so we can always offer tips and advice, as well as answer your questions.

Don't waste your time

It's the one thing in life you never get more of. Take the time to enjoy life. Every Planet Tan offers over 30 tanning machines, so you don't have to wait to tan. You never have to make an appointment, just walk in. Tanning with us takes minutes, not hours.

Have fun

'Nuff said.
"Feed your ego!"

And, from their own Tanning page...we have the "Tanning Truth":

How do we tan?

Tanning takes place in the skin's outermost layer, the epidermis, with special cells called melanocytes. When exposed to UV-B light (short wave ultraviolet), melanocytes produce the pigment, melanin. The pinkish melanin travels up through the epidermis and is absorbed by other skin cells. When exposed to UV-A light (longer wave), melanin oxidizes or darkens. This is your skin's way of protecting itself against too much UV light.

Why does a tan fade?

Cells in the epidermis are constantly reproducing and pushing older cells upward toward the surface of your skin, where they are sloughed off in about one month. As your skin replaces its cells, the cells laden with melanin are removed. So the tanning process must continue with the new cells.

Why Indoor Tanning is Better

Speed

It doesn't take all day to get a tan indoors. Depending on your skin type, just a few minutes, not hours. Maintain your tan for as little as 60 minutes a month.

Control

Our state-of-the-art equipment allow us to monitor and scientifically control your ultraviolet UV-A and UV-B exposure. We make sure you tan and not burn.

Climate

Overcast, rainy, or 109 in the shade, you never have to worry about the weather with our pleasant, climate-controlled environment. Not to mention 'skeeters.

Be Safe. Tan Smart*

Lip and Eye Protection

Lips don't produce melanin and eyelids are too thin to block UV. That's why it's important to wear lip balms with sunscreen and protective goggles. Eyewear must be certified '21CFR'. We offer a selection of goggles that meet these Federal standards. You can avoid "Raccoon Eyes" by gently adjusting your goggles while you tan, but never remove them completely.

Outdoors

When you tan outdoors, you are exposed to uncontrolled and often excessive amounts of multi-frequency UV that can cause "sunburn" and permanent damage. When you are outside wear appropriate protection.

Medication

Some medications can cause reactions with UV light. If you are taking any medications, please let your doctor know you're tanning.
* Planet tan is a proud member of the International Smart Tan Networks ® - dedication to teaching you how to maximize your benefits of sun exposure while minimizing the risks of either too much or too little sunlight.
** After Base Tan: 3-5 sessions within 7-10 days


Me again. Frankly, I'm a lot sick right now. The out and out lies abound and those of us in the world of melanoma can spot them easily. Those outside our world buy them. Those knocking on our doors will learn. Too late. 

We have got to be aware of what the lies really are so we can expose them before more people die from them.

Please read: Indoor Tanning Fact Sheet

Aim isn't selling anything. 

Planet Tan is. It's selling leather: you. It's selling melanoma: yours. It's selling death: yours, too. All businesses in the Tanning Industry are doing this.

Instead of following the example set by the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, I'll pray for them.

Hope they're grateful!