Study: Use of Sunbeds Boost Melanoma Cancer Risk by 75%


WASHINGTON - A study published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in the International Journal of Cancer has concluded that sun tanning beds used by minors and young adults under the age of 35 may boost the risk of melanoma cancer by as much as 75%.

Melanoma cancer, considered to be the deadliest form of skin cancer, was found to occur as much as 75% more frequently by those that were under the age of 35 that used indoor tanning beds.

The International Working Group on artificial UV light and skin cancer from the IARC, went as far as to suggest that young adults and minors should be restricted from using tanning beds.

The group stated that despite the short period of time that sun tanning beds have been widely in use, and limited research on the relationship between usage and skin cancers, it found sufficient evidence to warrant severe restrictions.

The International Group reviewed 18 studies that had been conducted up to March 2007, and determined that these studies showed that the men and woman using tanning beds that were under the age of 35, were at highest risk for the deadliest skin cancer, melanoma.

Three of the studies also found a relationship between the use of tanning beds and two other forms of skin cancer, a less-deadly squamous cell carcinoma and basil cell carcinoma, another type of skin cancer.

Despite the long latency period of the cancer, estimated by some to be 10 years, the group found that the existing evidence was strong enough to warrant restrictive use of tanning beds to prohibit risk to melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma, the IARC concluded.


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