Friday, May 28, 2010

Tanning Beds Up Melanoma Risk

Regular use of indoor tanning beds significantly increases the risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, according to a new study.

University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Masonic Cancer Center researchers studied 2,268 people and found that those who use a tanning bed for any amount of time are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma. Frequent users are two and a half to three times more likely to develop the disease that those who never use them.

Frequent use is described in a statement as more than 50 hours, more than 100 sessions or tanning for 10 or more years.

Melanoma strikes about 69,000 people a year in the United States. Although it only accounts for about 4 percent of all skin cancers, it causes about 79 percent of all deaths from the disease. If the condition advances, it is particularly difficult to treat.


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