We’ve known for years that tanning and tanning beds promote the development of skin cancer and melanoma. This new study (see below) confirms those suspicions. Tanning beds are dangerous and are analogous to cigarette smoking. Tanning is also addicting and it is dangerous for young, unsupervised teens to be able to tan indiscriminately. We have been working to restrict tanning salon access to minors and have also been pushing for taxes on tanning salons just like there are taxes on cigarettes. Bottom line: tanning and tanning salons are dangerous to your health and can lead to the development of deadly melanoma.
By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY
Strong evidence now links tanning beds to melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer that afflicts nearly 69,000 Americans a year.
People who have ever used tanning machines were 74% more likely to develop melanoma than others, according to a study of 2,268 patients reported today in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.