tanning bed cancer

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?