29 May 2014
Indoor tanning increases the risk of developing melanoma, even if the individual has never been burned, according to new research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
People often opt for using tanning beds in salons as they believe it can prevent developing the burns that soaking up the sunshine outdoors can cause. However, researchers have found it carries the same risks in terms of developing skin cancer.
Scientists used data from a case-control study on indoor tanning and the risk of melanoma. They had detailed information on sunbed use and exposure to the sun concerning the participants of the research.
A total of 1,167 cancer patients were paired with 1,101 control subjects based on sex and age. The findings revealed those with disease who had reported never being burned in their life were nearly four times more likely to be indoor tanners, compared to their healthy counterparts.
Furthermore, those with melanoma and zero burns started using sunbeds at a younger age and for more years compared to patients who had been sunburnt. These results suggest that greater total exposure to indoor tanning was a contributing factor.
The researchers write that their results demonstrate “that indoor tanning, even when used in a way that does not produce burns, is a risk factor for melanoma."
Posted by Edward Bartel
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