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Indoor Tanning Linked To Multiple Types Of Skin Cancer

October 8, 2012 by  

Indoor Tanning Linked To Multiple Types Of Skin Cancer

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.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • independent thinker

    Never used a tanning bed and have no plans to. Second, I have no interest in getting the perfect overall tan. Third, weather permitting I am outside doing something such as mowing or working in the garden so what ever tan I get is gotten naturaly and I also get my daily dose of vitamin D.

    • FreedomFighter

      I have never used a tanning bed.

      I used to be a nut for the beach, sun and surf, no more…skin cancer is a nasty thing. I tan easily and quickly due to my Indian blood but now burn quickly I believe this is due to the higher output of our sun.

      The over active sun we have now, is putting out 2 extra wavelenths in the UV spectrum I believe that have never been seen b4, best to be cautious.

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

  • Deerinwater

    I don’t mind being white at all . Radiation is hard on the body ~ period.

    Take it from a seaman that seen people ears fall off and the top of the head one big sore that scabs over and will never heal.

    I wish I had figured it out sooner ~ and covered up better when I was a younger man.

    Radiation exposure is cumulative.

  • eddie47d

    Tanning beds =vanity for most folks = cancer = higher health care costs for all. Aren’t free choices wonderful! Well maybe not as bad as a continuous needle in the arm but we love being the rope a dopes.

  • Chester

    Tanning beds are just as bad, or as good, as laying out on a sunny day, day after day. Most tanning bed users quit after fifteen minutes of exposure at any one time, while the kids laying out in the sun may be there for two or three hours at a time. Naturally, though, tanning beds are going to be to blame for all the same cancers sun exposure causes. so no news here.

    • Opal the Gem

      Tanning beds provide a more concentrated exposure to the UV rays that is why you only use them for such a short time.

  • Evan

    Absolute garbage science behind this hit piece. Tanning beds PREVENT melanoma, just as sun exposure does. We evolved in the sun and need exposure as often as we can get it for numerous health benefits (vitamin D3 production in particular). Being pale will lead to an early grave.

    • evermore

      Dr Joseph Mercola, DO … mercola.com … has articles about this …. latest being that “narrow spectrum UVB” was rather very safe to shine on skin ..

    • Marten The Canadian Libertarian

      Right on the money Evan, as you said another Garbage Science, Peoples should seek knowledge instead of Education…Very good point Evan

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