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DISPELLING FALSE PRECONCEPTIONS

In recent years, a number of preconceptions have, for whatever reason, emerged in connection with the sun, sunbeds and UV light. Let us put an end to some of these notions.

For instance, people claim, time and time again, that the light generated in a sunbed is more harmful than natural sunlight. An absurdity, as, for example, Dr. Gerd Kindl and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Raab establish in their book "Licht und Haut" (Light and Skin). As far as these two experts are concerned, the light in modern sunbeds - which contains both UV-A and UV-B - is even healthier than natural sunlight. Users tan more quickly and they only risk getting sunburned if they overdo it.

A further preconception: exposure to UV light causes skin cancer. Not so, according to Prof. Dr. Schröpl, one of Germany's leading dermatologists, in an interview: "For about 20 years now, patients with skin disorders have been exposed to high doses of UV. To date, this has not resulted in a single melanoma."

Source: G. Kindl, W. Raab, Licht und Haut (Light and Skin), published by Govi-Verlag
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