Published in Factoidz and examiner
Researchers reveal that suntan worshipers who love the blue hue under the sun tanning machine are subjecting themselves to double the risk of contracting melanoma skin cancer which is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
The study was published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, revealing that people who used the tanning beds had up to a 74 greater percent chance for developing melanoma. The risk of cancer increased with the number of tanning sessions and the amount of time people spent under the lamps. They also have a greater risk for contracting melanoma than people who never used a tanning facility.
The people who were at the greatest risk were people who had over 100 tanning seasons or those who were using the tanning equipment for over 10 years. Strikingly, people who had about 50 tanning bed sessions across their lifetime was at a three percent greater risk for contracting melanoma.
The Minnesota study analyzed 1,167 people who contracted skin cancer and compared them with 1,101 individuals who did not have skin cancer. They conducted interviews and had the subjects fill out questionnaires to determine how much exposure to tanning salons, the individuals with skin cancer had had. They were interested in when they had started using tanning salons, the equipment that was used, how long each session lasted, and how often they went to salons throughout their lifetime.
They found that the tanning beds were responsible for the greater risk for skin cancer (74 percent) of the skin cancer reported. Suntanning beds release both UVA and UVB radiation. It was formerly thought that only UVA radiation could cause melanoma skin cancer.
Dr. Lazovich, the head researcher stated that “there is no such thing as a safe device”. She found that both genders and all age groups were at risk for melanoma.
Of course the indoor tanning industry will negate the findings. Their profits rely on people using their services. The International Smart Tan Network (Smart Tan), maintain that the risk for melanoma from tanning devices is low. They say the survey is flawed.
About 5, 300 new cases of Melanoma will be diagnosed in Canada in 2010. Over 1,000 of these people will die. It is a very rare form of skin cancer, but a deadly one.
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