Tanning Beds Increase Risk of Cancer


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Thirty-six percent of CafeMoms say they use a tanning bed. But a new study just came out that said tanning bed use is as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas.

Health.com reported that The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) "moved tanning bed into its highest cancer risk category -- carcinogenic to humans."

OK, this is serious.

Before these latest findings, tanning beds were in the "probably carcinogenic" category, but the latest details show how serious a danger they really are and many are calling for restrictions and more regulations.

Here are some of the latest findings:

  • The risk of melanoma increases by 75 percent when use of tanning beds and sunlamps begins before 30 years of age.
  • There is evidence of a link between the use of UV-emitting tanning devices and melanoma of the eye.
  • Ultraviolet radiation is a human carcinogen.

On the other side of the coin is the tanning bed industry. Dan Humiston, president of the Indoor Tanning Association (ITA), told Health: "The UV light from a tanning bed is equivalent to UV light from the sun, which has had a group 1 classification since 1992. Some other items in this category are red wine, beer, and salted fish. The ITA has always emphasized the importance of moderation when it comes to UV light from either the sun or a tanning bed."

Draw your own conclusions, but one thing is certain we all want to prevent skin cancer and I'm going to do all I can to do just that.

Do you use a tanning bed? If so, does this change your thoughts on using one in the future?

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Lokis... LokisMama

You're gonna get cooked anyway, whether your tanning outside or in a tanning bed.  Noooo thank you, I'll stay nice and pale. I just don't see the point of laying in what looks like a giant hot dog cooker for 20  minuttes or wahtever it is at a time.

rozepyle rozepyle

i read this like 20 yrs ago. we know we get it, EVERYTHING causes cancer. and yes i have been known to use a tanning bed, its kindof an addiction for some.

RanaA... RanaAurora

I have always, and continue to think tanning beds are completely idiotic.  To be frank, I'd rather go back to smoking than start tanning.  At least smoking won't make me look like shit as fast as tanning will.

If you want a tan SOOOO badly, instead of blowing money to lay in a machine, actually go DO something in the sun!

Adrin... AdrinaBabyMama

i tan.. its very addicting. this wont change my mind.. theres a LOT of things that cause cancer.. not just a tanning bed

RanaA... RanaAurora

And the funny thing is, most people try to AVOID other things that cause cancer.

So apparently, people who tan are no different than those who smoke cigarettes... except they really DO do it because they like the way it makes them look?

RGladson RGladson

This is old news. And I laugh at people who would rather be tan than healthy. Addiction? Please. I think being there for your kids later on in life and NOT being 6 feet under is more of an addiction to me.

Personally, I think the only thing tanning does is make you look like an old leathery purse. Sick.

But to each theirown, I guess.

Cafe... Cafe MicheleZ

It's not old news. It was suspected yes and the debate has been going on a long time, but this study from the IARC was just released on July 28, 2009, raising the risk higher than it ever was.

But a new study just came out that said tanning bed use is as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas.

nonmember avatar Tanning beds

It has been found that tanning beds emits some harmful ultraviolet radiation which increases the risk of skin cancer. It can also lead to eye cancer. Those who opt frequently for tanning beds are eight times more likely to get melanoma, the most awful form of skin cancer than those who haven't used them. Inspite of knowing this, many people are still using tanning beds.

nonmember avatar sunshine

What I'm confused about is whether tanning in a bed is any worse than tanning at the beach or for that matter going on a picnic, playing frisbee, or going for a bike ride in the middle of the day. I've read that adequate vitamin D intake has actually become a problem because people are being too careful about wearing sunblock at all times. This would lead me to conclude that tanning in a bed occasionally if one is not outside regularly could acutally have some benefits. Everything in moderation is the answer, I suppose. . .

total... totalhealth

The increased risk of skin cancer is directly linked to those who try to maintain that golden glow all year by using tanning beds. According to a new study published by the health journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, University of Michigan researchers determined that those who use tanning beds have triple the chance of developing melanoma



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