Indoor Tanning Causes 170,000 Skin Cancer Cases Annually, Study Finds

skin_cancer_treatment_tanning_booths_sun_exposure_cancer_preventionThe latest study on indoor tanning confirms that using them significantly increases the risk of the most common human skin cancer – non-melanoma.

After examining several published findings, researchers believe that indoor tanning is responsible for more than 170,000 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer in the United States each year, according to a news release from the University of California, San Francisco.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, adds to previous evidence that indoor tanning is risky for your health. An earlier study found that using tanning beds is a risk factor for developing melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Young people, in particular, should pay attention to the new research because the risk of skin cancer is greater the sooner someone starts tanning, the release states.

“The numbers are striking – hundreds of thousands of cancers each year are attributed to tanning beds,” said Dr. Eleni Linos, senior of the study and assistant professor of dermatology at UCSF. “This creates a huge opportunity for cancer prevention.”

The study – a meta analysis  and systematic review – considered more than 25 years worth of published medical articles involving 80,000 study participants and data extending back to 1977, the release states.

Linos said she hopes the study will help support policy and public health campaigns to limit indoor tanning in the United States.

“Australia and Europe have already led the way in banning tanning beds for children and teenagers, and Brazil has completely banned tanning beds for all ages,” she said.

Source: University of California, San Francisco news release

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