New study confirms link between tanning beds and cancer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/27/10

New study confirms link between tanning beds and cancer

By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A new study shines a harsh light on tanning beds confirming the link between indoor tanning and deadly skin cancer.

"This study provides the strongest evidence that we have for the effect of tanning beds on melanoma risk," said Dr. Electra Paskett, with Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota gathered data on people with and without melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. They found those who'd had more than 100 tanning sessions had triple the risk for melanoma than those who never used them. The risk went up the more a person tanned. The indoor tanning association argues this latest study is based on people living in Minnesota, a population more likely to have fairer skin and a higher risk for skin cancer anyway. Meanwhile dermatologists maintain there's no such thing as a safe tan, whether your rays come from a tanning bed or the sun.

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