Indoor tanning tied to cancer

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Welcome to Public Health Moment from the University of Minnesota. If you frequent an indoor tanning salon, listen up: Your risk of getting melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, is 75 percent greater than for people who don’t tan indoors. In addition, the more time that people spend at tanning salons, the greater their risk of acquiring melanoma. These are the results from a case-control research study involving more than 2,200 people. DeAnn Lazovich, a cancer epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, led the study. <DeAnn: “We looked at a dose-response, which is basically how much people tan and how that is related to risk of melanoma. And in the highest categories of use – more than 50 hours, more than 100 sessions, or more than 10 years – individuals who fell into those categories were anywhere from 2.5 to 3 times more likely to develop melanoma than those who did not tan indoors.”> The bottom line? Lazovich says stay away from indoor tanning salons. <DeAnn: “Indoor tanning is not safe. Our results would suggest that it doesn’t matter whether ultra violet radiation comes from the sun or whether it comes from artificial devices, like indoor tanning, that the risk is still the same for developing melanoma. And, therefore, exposure to indoor tanning should be avoided, just like exposure to the sun, to reduce the risk of melanoma.”> For Public Health Moment and John Finnegan, I’m Mark Engebretson



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Engebretson, Mark; DeAnn Lazovich. (2010). Indoor tanning tied to cancer. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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