Indoor Tanning Beds increase cancer risk by up to 74%

May 29th, 2010 - 12:11 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Minnesota, May 28 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Finally the link between indoor tanning and cancer has been established. Researchers from the University of Minnesota established the link and said conclusively that indoor tanning increases the risk of contracting melanoma. It ought to be mentioned that melanoma is a type of skin cancer. The researchers also said that the duration of using the tanning bed is not very important. The people who use the tanning bed, are 74% more likely to contract melanoma. They also added that frequent users are 2.5 to 3 times more likely to have skin cancer.

A study was conducted on over 2,200 inhabitants of Minnesota and then the results were collaborated. “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,” according to the author of the study DeAnn Lazovich.

The researchers also added that in 2010, around 69,000 people would be diagnosed with melanoma. These cases of melanoma would comprise just 4% of all the people who are battling skin cancer. And they would also comprise 79% of all the deaths because of skin cancer.

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