Tanning Beds Connected to Skin Cancer

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A new study suggesting a link between skin cancer and the usage of tanning beds may finally make some indoor-tanners think twice before going into a booth again to achieve their perfect glow.

 According to Time, the study found that people who used tanning beds regularly were 69 percent more likely to develop early-onset basal cell carcinoma – a slow growing skin cancer – than those who did not. The study also found that females were much more devoted to indoor tanning than men and 70 percent “of all early onset basal cell carcinomas occur in females.” These cases could be prevented by stopping the use of tanning beds.

In the study, conducted by the Yale School of Public Health, skin biopsies and interviews were conducted for 376 people under the age of 40 who had been diagnosed with the skin cancer between 2006 and 2010. They were compared to a control group of 390 people who had been diagnosed with skin conditions such as warts and cysts. The interviews consisted of questions about their UV exposure in tanning beds and outdoors. The researchers also asked about their history of sunburns, sunscreen use, and family history of skin cancer.

A study in 2010 found that the most effective way to get women to avoid tanning beds was to warn about the skin-wrinkling effects rather than the risk of cancer, according to Time.

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