Indoor Tanning Poses Significant Cancer Risk
Average Americans in their daily lives will come into contact with ultraviolet radiation from the sun’s rays often enough to create a risk factor for melanoma of about 1 percent. For every 100 Americans, 1 will develop some form of skin cancer. This risk is enhanced greatly by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation, and a significant cause of overexposure to UV radiation is th indoor tanning. It has been estimated that each use of an indoor tanning bed adds 1.5 percent greater risk for severe skin cancer.
Indoor Tanning Labeled Carcinogenic
- A recent BMJ study linked possibly hundreds of thousands of cases of non-melanoma skin cancer to indoor tanning.
- The American Cancer Society has published warnings that tanning beds are not safe.
- The persons at greatest risk are those under 25 years of age. This is also the group that uses tanning beds the most.
- Light skin, family history, residence, and UV exposure all account for the greatest risk factors for skin cancer.
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