Tanning: How much is too much?

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Updated: 5/04/2012 9:03 am Published: 5/03/2012 9:38 pm

A New Jersey mother was arrested for child endangerment charges after police said she brought her 5-year-old child into a tanning salon.

The arrest and the health of 44-year old Patricia Krentcil have received alot of attention.

People across the nation and in Green Country are asking, how much is too much when it comes to tanning?

Tulsans grasped when FOX23 showed them Krentcils overly tanned photo.

"That is just bizarre," said one woman. "Didn't she look in the mirror, doesn't she know what this could do to her health?" asked another Tulsan.

The New Jersey tanning salon where Krentcils tanned reported that she tanned 20 days a month for the maximum of 12 minutes each time.

The shock furthered the discussion on sun safety and health in the city. Dermatologists in Tulsa said the issue of sun safety is a growing concern in the city.

"This is a huge issue, almost to the point of it being scary for me as a dermatologist," said Dr. Kelli Lovelace a dermatologist at Tulsa Dermatology Clinic. Dr. Lovelace hasn't seen damage as extensive as Kentzels but said that the danger of rays are the same.

"There is no healthy tan, we don't know what is going to be too much to give you skin cancer," said Dr. Lovelace.

"I've never seen someone that tan," said Laurin Rumbaugh, a manager at a local tanning salon. 

Rumbaugh and other employees at Midnight Sun, examinied the photo of the New Jersey woman and said this was a very extreme case. 

"She must have been tanning for years and years and years." Rumbaugh said what happened in New Jersey would never happen in their salon because children are not allowed in the tanning bed rooms.

Burbaugh said their salon, and many others in the city, enforce their own set of rules for customers to follow. No one under the age of 16 may tan. 16 year-olds must have written consent and a parent present in order to tan.  There must be a 24-hour "wait period" between each tanning session.

Ultimately, tanning salon owners can't tell a person they can't tan. "It's their choice, its not up to me or the salon to put a limitation on it," Rumbaugh said.

Dermatologists said this case is just a reminder that your health is in your hands.

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xDecibelx - 5/4/2012 11:16 PM
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That's obviously a spray tan. Anybody know that Laurin girl's number? She's way good looking.

oklagal - 5/4/2012 3:38 PM
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I know we all have hangups but really? ya know i bet she does think she looks good

clindsey1959 - 5/4/2012 8:39 AM
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As a child and teen, I never tanned. I'm Cherokee, Choctaw, German and Irish. Once I got away from home I began tanning in my early 30's in tanning beds. I loved the look, but always use a high SPF sunblock on my face; however, I am now almost 53 and my legs are very freckled and that is permanent! Girls, young ladies, spray tanning is sooooooooooo much healthier for you! This women needs some serious counseling and I hope that if she has family that really loves her, maybe they can do some type of intervention! Lord knows she needs it!

watchdog11 - 5/4/2012 2:14 AM
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This woman is a nut, just insane, she probably thinks she looks good.
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