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Recent Studies Link Indoor Tanning Bed Use to Melanoma

Recent studies provide evidence linking indoor tanning bed use to melanoma and reinforce the declaration by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that indoor tanning devices are carcinogenic to humans. “While the medical community has known anecdotally that indoor tanning is linked with melanoma, it has been difficult to provide the evidence. These new studies show conclusively that indoor tanning bed use can lead to melanoma,” said Steven Q. Wang, MD, member of The Skin Cancer Foundation’s independent Photobiology Committee and Director of Dermatologic Surgery and Dermatology at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Basking Ridge, NJ. In June 2010, researchers...

Tanning beds raise melanoma risk: New research shows

New research indicates that indoor tanning beds sharply increase the risk of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, and the risk increases over time. Experts now state that tanning in a bed for any amount of times increases the risk of melanoma by 74 percent. Frequent users are 2.5 to 3 times more likely to develop the skin cancer than people who never use them. 'We found that it didn't matter the type of tanning device used; there was no safe tanning device,' DeAnn Lazovich of the University of Minnesota told Reuters. Her study appeared in the journal Cancer...