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Tanning Beds And Cancer: Study Finds Equipment Causes Over 170,000 Skin Cancer Cases In U.S. Every Year

 
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Tanning Beds And Cancer: Study Finds Equipment Causes Over 170,000 Skin Cancer Cases In U.S. Every Year
Indoor tanning beds cause over 170,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer in the United States every year, according to a new study conducted by researchers at UC San Francisco.

"The numbers are striking--hundreds of thousands of cancers each year are attributed to tanning beds,'' Dr. Eleni Linos, assistant professor of dermatology at UCSF and senior author of the study, said in a statement. "This creates a huge opportunity for cancer prevention.''

The study analyzed more than 80,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer stretching back to 1977, finding that people who used tanning beds are 67 percent more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 29 percent more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma than those who don't. Drawing from a trio of prior reports that also examined the ages of tanners, the study noted an even larger cancer risk for people who used the beds while under the age of 25.

While non-malignant on their own, U.S. Health News explains that both basal cell skin cancer and squamous cell carcinomas can spread to other parts of the body, such as bones or lymph nodes, where they can become fatal.

A 2007 study out of the University of Iowa's Department of Dermatology found that exposure to tanning beds also significantly increases the risk of developing malignant melanoma, especially in women over age 45.

"Indoor tanning is associated with a significantly increased risk of both basal and squamous cell skin cancer," concluded the USCF study's authors. "These findings contribute to the growing body of evidence on the harms of indoor tanning and support public health campaigns and regulation to reduce exposure to this carcinogen."

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Re: Tanning Beds And Cancer: Study Finds Equipment Causes Over 170,000 Skin Cancer Cases In U.S. Every Year
Bottom line is, did any of 80,000 these people ever actually develop malignant skin cancer? The report would be much more helpful if they included that information in the study. As it is, why did they even bother to do the study? Did they have 80,000 people in control group of people who didn't use tanning beds, same age ranges, life style, family medical history, etc.?

Quote below article from USA (same link as you gave) from USA Today: "That suggests indoor tanning is responsible for about 5% of non-melanoma skin cancers, the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the USA, says Thomas Glynn, director of cancer science and trends at the American Cancer Society."

And they studied 80,000 cases back to 1977 - a period of 35 years. From that, they get that suntan beds cause 170,000 cases EACH YEAR? Geesh, I'd like to see the whole study. Then later they say "hundreds of thousands".

I think this is just another disinfo "scientific" research scare ploy to discourage people from getting Vitamin D, any way they can. But then, I don't believe much of any research headlines I see these days, especially from certain universities.

They identified nonmelanoma skin cancer in tanning bed users. Big deal. Thing is, that can come just as easily without sun exposure. Not to get too personal here, but all my moles are wherever clothing rubs...ALL along the bra line, waist, etc. Where the sun don't shine, and I don't use tanning beds. Some of them are pretty big, but the docs won't remove them (cheap HMO, wouldn't remove husband's on his back, either).

To put into a little more perspective, read what the various kinds of skin cancer, malignant and non-malignant, are. They should still be removed, but as we grow older, everyone gets them.

[link to www.caring4cancer.com (secure)]

"Indoor tanning is associated with a significantly increased risk of both basal and squamous cell skin cancer," concluded the USCF study's authors." So, did they report the percent of people who thereafter did develop malignant skin cancer during the 35 year period?

Sorry, but just not impressed with this "scientific" research.
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Re: Tanning Beds And Cancer: Study Finds Equipment Causes Over 170,000 Skin Cancer Cases In U.S. Every Year
Bottom line is, did any of 80,000 these people ever actually develop malignant skin cancer? The report would be much more helpful if they included that information in the study. As it is, why did they even bother to do the study? Did they have 80,000 people in control group of people who didn't use tanning beds, same age ranges, life style, family medical history, etc.?

Quote below article from USA (same link as you gave) from USA Today: "That suggests indoor tanning is responsible for about 5% of non-melanoma skin cancers, the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the USA, says Thomas Glynn, director of cancer science and trends at the American Cancer Society."

And they studied 80,000 cases back to 1977 - a period of 35 years. From that, they get that suntan beds cause 170,000 cases EACH YEAR? Geesh, I'd like to see the whole study. Then later they say "hundreds of thousands".

I think this is just another disinfo "scientific" research scare ploy to discourage people from getting Vitamin D, any way they can. But then, I don't believe much of any research headlines I see these days, especially from certain universities.

They identified nonmelanoma skin cancer in tanning bed users. Big deal. Thing is, that can come just as easily without sun exposure. Not to get too personal here, but all my moles are wherever clothing rubs...ALL along the bra line, waist, etc. Where the sun don't shine, and I don't use tanning beds. Some of them are pretty big, but the docs won't remove them (cheap HMO, wouldn't remove husband's on his back, either).

To put into a little more perspective, read what the various kinds of skin cancer, malignant and non-malignant, are. They should still be removed, but as we grow older, everyone gets them.

[link to www.caring4cancer.com (secure)]

"Indoor tanning is associated with a significantly increased risk of both basal and squamous cell skin cancer," concluded the USCF study's authors." So, did they report the percent of people who thereafter did develop malignant skin cancer during the 35 year period?

Sorry, but just not impressed with this "scientific" research.
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Tanning Beds

Tanning beds are not safe. Both UVA and UVB rays cause cancer. Tanning beds often exceed “safe” UV limits, despite the claims of the salon. Teens are at special risk because their bodies are undergoing such accelerated growth rates that their cells are more prone to the damage of the UV radiation. By routinely tanning their skin starting at a young age, teens put themselves at greater lifetime risk of developing skin cancer. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to get a sunburn in a tanning bed, and your eyes are at an increased risk of developing cataracts and corneal burns.

My Salon Says Their Tanning Beds are Safe

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but salons are merely marketing their wares and not telling you the truth. Salons may take the position that their tanning beds only make use of UVA rays, and tell you that they aren't quite as dangerous as UVB rays. A recent study in Australia has proven that UVA rays are even more of a cancer danger than previously thought.

Some salons try to persuade you that you need to get more vitamin D into your system, possibly even to prevent osteoporosis. While it may be true that you need more Vitamin D, the amount of time you need to spend in the sun in order to absorb Vitamin D is far less than is required for a tan.

UV Radiation

UV radiation comes from the sun and from tanning beds. UV radiation damages our skin and adversely affects our immune system. As previously mentioned, one blistering sunburn increases your risk of developing melanoma, which is a very dangerous and lethal skin cancer. You are also 2.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma.

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