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Tanning Beds Linked To 5% Of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers

10/08/12

  10:58:16 am, by MedBen5   , 192 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Tanning Beds Linked To 5% Of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers

An analysis of skin cancer patients revealed that the use of tanning beds significantly increases one’s risk of developing the disease, USA Today reports.

Indoor tanners are 67% more likely to develop squamous-cell carcinomas – a non-melanoma cancer – compared with those who have never tanned indoors, says Eleni Linos, an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of California-San Francisco and senior author of the study. Additionally, people who who have ever used indoor tanning are 29% more likely to develop the less severe basal-cell carcinomas than those who have never used tanning salons.

The findings of the analysis indicate that indoor tanning is responsible for about 5% of non-melanoma skin cancers, the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the USA, says Thomas Glynn, director of cancer science and trends at the American Cancer Society. Those who started tanning indoors before age 25 had the highest skin cancer risk.

The analysis included 12 studies involving 80,000 people in six countries.

Non-melanoma skin cancers strike about one in five Americans during their lifetime, including 30% of whites, Linos says. While usually not life-threatening, having the disease increases the likelihood that you will get it again, even if it is removed.

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