For the nearly 30 million people indoor tanning in the United States each year, a study has bad news to bring. Indoor tanning has been confirmed as the cause of 170,000 skin cancers each year. So, more than one million Americans indoor tanning each day should think twice when the selling pitch reads a tanning bed is beneficial to their health.
Just think about it for a second: how exactly healthy and safe could indoor tanning be when your skin is bombarded with high quantities of UV-A and UV-B rays? Indoor tanning gets you that precious sun color on your skin in only a few minutes, but have you ever asked yourself if that’s healthy? A new study confirms that indoor tanning is linked to skin cancer. More exactly some 170,000 skin cancers each year are caused by indoor tanning alone!
The Centers for Disease and Control has indoor tanning linked to skin cancer and eye cancer risk. Whereas out of the nearly 30 million Americans using tanning beds and sun lamps, 2.3 million are teenagers. Four in five tanning salons tell their clients indoor tanning is healthier than tanning in the sun and promote it as a safe way to get vitamin D. These are myths that a recent study had them totally debunked.
“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” reads a statement by lead researcher Dr. Eleni Linos. “We could prevent hundreds of thousands of cancers each year by avoiding tanning beds” the assistant professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, added.
The study that confirms indoor tanning is linked to skin cancer is an in-depth analysis of 12 studies on almost 81,000 people. After reviewing the numbers, researchers found that indoor tanning is responsible for some 170,000 skin cancers a year, including both basal and squamous cell carcinomas.
“With this study, we finally have strong evidence that tanning beds contribute to all types of skin cancer including basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma” said Dr. Eleni Linos. And younger people are the most vulnerable. “This means there is a clear cancer risk for teenagers who use tanning beds, and it’s hard to argue with regulations to protect children from cancer” the researcher added.