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Tanning Beds as Deadly as Mustard Gas, Arsenic

 
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Tanning Beds as Deadly as Mustard Gas, Arsenic
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International cancer experts have moved tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation into the top cancer risk category, deeming them as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas.

For years, scientists have described tanning beds and ultraviolet radiation as "probable carcinogens."

A new analysis of about 20 studies concludes the risk of skin cancer jumps by 75 percent when people start using tanning beds before age 30. Experts also found that all types of ultraviolet radiation caused worrying mutations in mice, proof the radiation is carcinogenic. Previously, only one type of ultraviolet radiation was thought to be lethal.

The new classification means tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation are definite causes of cancer, alongside tobacco, the hepatitis B virus and chimney sweeping, among others.

The research was published online in the medical journal Lancet Oncology on Wednesday, by experts at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, the cancer arm of the World Health Organization.

"People need to be reminded of the risks of sunbeds," said Vincent Cogliano, one of the cancer researchers. "We hope the prevailing culture will change so teens don't think they need to use sunbeds to get a tan."

Most lights used in tanning beds give off mainly ultraviolet radiation, which cause skin and eye cancer, according to the International Agency for Cancer Research.

The classification of tanning beds as carcinogenic was disputed by Kathy Banks, chief executive of The Sunbed Association, a European trade association of tanning bed makers and operators.

"The fact that is continuously ignored is that there is no proven link between the responsible use of sunbeds and skin cancer," Banks said in a statement. She said most users of tanning beds use them less than 20 times a year.

But as use of tanning beds has increased among people under 30, doctors have seen a parallel rise in the numbers of young people with skin cancer. In Britain, melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, is now the leading cancer diagnosed in women in their 20s. Normally, skin cancer rates are highest in people over 75.

Previous studies found younger people who regularly use tanning beds are eight times more likely to get melanoma than people who have never used them. In the past, WHO warned people younger than 18 to stay away from tanning beds.

Cogliano cautioned that ultravoilet radiation is not healthy, whether it comes from a tanning bed or from the sun. The American Cancer Society advises people to try bronzing or self-tanning creams instead of tanning beds.

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It's true, folks. Saddam Hussein attacked the Kurds with tanning beds way back in the late 1980s.

Damn that UV light.
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It's true, folks. Saddam Hussein attacked the Kurds with tanning beds way back in the late 1980s.

Damn that UV light.
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SugaPie, wanna go to bed? eyebat Heck yea, Darlin'! ohyeah

I mean my tanning bed. abomb OMG! ahhh

[No offense OP, just joking around. It is a good post.]
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Indoor Tanning Association Fights Back Against Media Hype over Tanning Beds
Posted on: Wednesday, 29 July 2009, 16:35 CDT


WASHINGTON, July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Indoor Tanning Association will run a full-page ad in tomorrow's New York Post condemning the hype related to the recent categorization of tanning beds as a "Group 1" carcinogen.


"The Indoor Tanning Association will not stand by and allow some members of the media to unfairly malign our product and the thousands of small business owners who are our members, by grossly exaggerating the risks associated with tanning beds," said Indoor Tanning Association President, Dan Humiston.


"Because tanning beds produce the same UV light as the sun, OVEREXPOSURE and abuse of our product - just like OVEREXPOSURE to sunlight - is associated with an increased risk for some types of skin cancer. Other items in this category are red wine and salted fish. Scientific studies suggest that drinking red wine or other alcoholic beverages carries a greater cancer risk than tanning. It is completely irresponsible to compare indoor tanning with mustard gas or arsenic as so many media reports today have done."


The text of the ad reads:


Media reports comparing indoor tanning to toxins like mustard gas, cigarettes, and arsenic are outrageously overhyped. The same "group 1" category includes red wine, salted fish, and regular sunlight--so these sensational headlines are as absurd as saying "A glass of merlot is as deadly as mustard gas."


UV light from a tanning bed is the same as UV light from the sunshine, which has had the "group 1" classification since 1992. So it's no surprise that tanning beds have now been put in this category as it has long been understood that OVEREXPOSURE to UV light, whether from the sunshine or a tanning bed, is associated with increased risk of some forms of cancer. This is why the Indoor Tanning Association has always emphasized the importance of moderation.


Don't fall for the same old media scare tactics.


To schedule an interview, contact Allison Miller at 202.420.7865.


The Indoor Tanning Association represents thousands of indoor tanning manufacturers, distributors, facility owners and members from other support industries. The ITA promotes a responsible message about moderate tanning and sunburn prevention.



SOURCE Indoor Tanning Association



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tanning beds ARE good for vitamin D which help prevent swine flu. notice the ramp up by TPTB against all natural preventatives.
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tanning beds ARE good for vitamin D which help prevent swine flu. notice the ramp up by TPTB against all natural preventatives.
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I think Ill buy a tanning bed and save my clunker.
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Good now I don't regret feeding my kid that spoonful of arsenic in his soup.
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tanning beds ARE good for vitamin D which help prevent swine flu. notice the ramp up by TPTB against all natural preventatives.
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Exactly what I was thinking as well. Good call.
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tanning beds ARE good for vitamin D which help prevent swine flu. notice the ramp up by TPTB against all natural preventatives.
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PS SPOT ON 732654... Iam glad someone else is seeing thru the ramp up on swine flu killing cocktails(a needle full)

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