In fact, almost 5.5 percent of melanoma cases in Europe are related to tanning beds, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.
When researchers compared people who never use tanning beds with those who regularly do, they found the practice makes them 20 percent more likely to get melanoma.
It gets worse for people who start going to tanning salons before the age of 35. Researchers said they are 87 percent more likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer than those who have never used a tanning bed.
“There was also a 1.8 percent increase in risk for each additional sun bed session per year,” a press release from BMJ Open states.
Researchers from the International Prevention Research Institute in France and the European Institute of Oncology in Italy considered 27 separate studies on skin cancer and sun bed use between 1981 and 2012 for their analysis.
The study’s authors believe that “earlier studies have tended to underestimate the risks of indoor tanning because the use of these devices is relatively new. Furthermore, from 2005 to 2011, most risks have increased. Future studies could therefore demonstrate an even higher risk,” the press release states.
Source: BMJ Open
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