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On a quest for the perfect summer glow? Well too bad, because any way you go, you're going to get cancer.
New research shows one ingredient in spray tans known as as dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, can enter the lungs and be absorbed into the bloodstream where it could damage DNA and cause tumors.
Dr Lynn Goldman, dean of the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University in Washington DC, told the Daily Mail, "The substance seems to have a potential for what they call creating mutations or changing DNA in living cells, which is a serious problem and needs to be further investigated, yet hasn’t been. What we’re concerned about is not so much that reaction that creates the tanning, but reactions that may occur deeper down with living cells that might then change DNA, causing a mutation and what the possible impacts of that might be. I’d be very concerned for the potential of lung cancer."
But really, what doesn't cause cancer these days?
The researchers said there are steps you can take to make spray tanning safer including wearing safety goggles, ear plugs, and covering your mouth so you do not inhale the spray. All I hear in that is "terrible tan lines."
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