Tanning Beds Pose Huge Cancer Risk, Report Says

Indoor tanning could be responsible for more than 170,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer in the U.S. every year, a new study led by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco suggests.
People who report ever using indoor tanning have a 67-percent higher risk of squamous cell carcinoma and a 29-percent higher risk of basal cell carcinoma than non-tanners,  ABC News reported Oct. 3.
“With this study, we finally have strong evidence that tanning beds contribute to all types of skin cancer including basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma,” says lead author Eleni Linos, M.D.
Tanning-bed damage is particularly severe for people under the age of 25, the report shows. Linos says the first step to preventing skin cancer should be a ban on tanning bed use for anyone under the age of 18.
“There is a clear cancer risk for teenagers who use tanning beds, and it’s hard to argue with regulations to protect children from cancer,” she says.
The study appears online in the British Medical Journal.

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