Study: Tanning Beds Increase Skin Cancer Development

by: cancercompass

According to a new study from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and Masonic Cancer Center, there are 'definitive links' between indoor tanning usage and increasing the risk of melanoma – the most serious type of skin cancer.

“We found that it didn’t matter the type of tanning device used; there was no safe tanning device. We also found – and this is new data – that the risk of getting melanoma is associated more with how much a person tans and not the age at which a person starts using tanning devices. Risk rises with frequency of use, regardless of age, gender, or device," DeAnn Lazovich, principal investigator of the study, stated in a University of Minnesota news release.

The study found that those who use tanning beds for any amount of time have a 74 percent more likely chance of developing melanoma. Researchers studied over 2,250 participants between 2004 and 2007 at ages 25 to 59. Of those participants, 1,167 people were diagnosed with melanoma, while 1,101 people did not develop melanoma.

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