Health Fads: The Sun Also Burns

In backyards and on beaches, wherever the sun shines brightly, multitudes of people have begun to stretch out like so many sausages on a griddle—all for the sake of a handsome, "healthy" tan. This rite of summer is warming, relaxing and so socially desirable that few sun worshipers heed the constant words of caution from doctors. Despite its appearance of health, a suntan apparently has little physical value; too much sun over a long period of time may permanently damage the skin.

Overexposure. Tanning is actually the skin's way of protecting itself....

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