Will tanning your privates in a salon cause radiation damage?

Dear Cecil:

Cecil replies:

For Pete’s sake, R., we’re talking about ultraviolet radiation here, which is basically a form of light, not ionizing radiation, e.g., nukes. No matter what happens, your pubes aren’t going to glow in the dark, useful though this phenomenon might be under some circumstances. But that doesn’t mean you should needlessly expose yourself, so to speak. The skin in the pubic region is very delicate, and you could be letting yourself in for sunburn, wrinkling, or worst of all, skin cancer. In other words, what started out as grapes could wind up as raisins, if you catch my drift. I trust I need say no more.

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