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New Study Finds Repeated Tanning Bed Users Have Increased Risk Of Skin Cancer

A new study conducted by researchers from Dundee University and Leiden University Medical Center, located in the Netherlands, finds that tanning bed users are at risk of skin cancer even if they do not burn their skin.

Researchers state that they found that tanning beds greatly increased the risk of a common type of skin cancer known as Squamous Cell Carcinomas. The study found the risk was created not by burning, but instead by repeated use.

According to the new study, prior research on tanning beds focused on melanoma, which is associated with users who burn their skin while tanning.

The research will be presented at the World Congress on Cancers of the Skin in Edinburgh later this month. Researchers calculated that the average tanning bed user, that tans an average of 12 minutes every 8 days and is between the ages of 20 and 35, is up to 90% more likely to develop Squamous Cell Carcinomais by the time they reach their 50‘s.

SCC is not nearly as deadly as melanoma, but it does lead to around 500 deaths a year.

Researchers in the UK published a study in January of 2013 that measured ultraviolet radiation levels that were emitted by more than 400 tanning beds. Results showed that 9 out of 10 tanning bed emitted UV levels far above European safety limits. This research was used in the latest study, which also factored into the equation the average length a user is in a tanning session and the number of sessions per year, as well as a users total amount of UV exposure from the sun.

Tanning beds that give high doses of UV exposure increase the risk of SCC by a whopping 180%. Low dose tanning beds are estimated to increase the risk of SCC by 40%.

Professor Harry Moseley, of the University of Dundee says, "There is considerable variation in the output of artificial tanning units which PEOPLE should be aware of. The results of our study indicate that the additional UV dose from sunbed use compared to normal day-to-day sun exposure potentially adds a significantly increased risk for development of SCC."

For more information on this study visit: http://www.skincancer.org/news/tanning/iarc-tanning-link-study

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