It is well-known that tanning beds have been linked to melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. But now, a new study finds that indoor tanning can also lead to other types of skin cancers.
Each year, tanning beds are responsible for more than 170,000 cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer, according to researchers. When the team analyzed more than 9,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer, they found that tanning beds were associated with a 67 percent higher risk of squamous cell carcinoma and a 29 percent higher risk of basal cell carcinoma.
“Not only do tanning beds cause melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, but our study shows they also contribute to the most common cancer, basal and squamous cell skin cancer,” said lead researcher Dr. Eleni Linos, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco.