Tanning Beds and Cancer – Tanning Beds Cancer Dangers

According to a new report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Tanning Beds/Tanning Beds pose a cancer risk similar to that of cigarettes and asbestos.

Where it was once “probable”, today the risk is assessed more seriously – the agency now calls for these devices to be labeled “carcinogenic to humans”. Those who use them risk turning into tanned, healthy-looking cancer patients

This comes after a review of research conducted by experts from nine countries that found that the risk of melanoma was increased by 75% in those who routinely used tanning beds before the age of 30.

Melanoma of the eye has also been linked to the use of these devices. Melanoma is the second most common cancer in women in their 20s, according to the America Melanoma Foundation.

Experts have noted an increase in the diagnosis of melanoma in recent years, especially among young women.

A National Institute of Health survey found that melanoma rates among young women in the U.S. nearly tripled from 1973 to 2004. Research conducted over the past 10 years provides much evidence that tanning beds, as well as direct sun exposure, are a played a role in this dramatic increase.

“Using tanning beds can be harmful to your health and we hope to encourage governments to put restrictions and regulations on the use of tanning beds,” said study co-author Beatrice Secretan, of the IARC’s Cancer Monograph Working Group, the Cancer Arm. of the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO estimates suggest that as many as 60,000 people worldwide die each year from too much sun, and most of this number is due to malignant skin cancers.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US and tanning beds are used by many, especially young people.

“This new report confirms and expands on the American Cancer Society’s previous recommendation that tanning beds are hazardous to your health and should be avoided,” agreed US expert Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy medical director of the American Cancer Society. .

Many doctors see the latest report as confirmation of what they have long believed: Overexposure to tanning beds is just as dangerous as tanning in natural sunlight.

The report appears in the August issue of The Lancet Oncology and also confirms that ultraviolet A (UVA), ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet C (UVC) radiation cause cancer in animals.

This is important because the tanning industry has long claimed that the beds are safe because of the type of radiation they provide – more UVA than UVB. This new report tells us that all three types are dangerous.

As for the tanning industry, the International Tanning Association (ITA), which represents indoor tanning bed manufacturers and others in the $5 billion-a-year industry, recognizes that the UV exposure you get from a tanning bed is not noticeably different from what you get. from the sunbed. Sun.

The ITA is quick to point out that even natural sun exposure has been given the cancer-causing classification since 1992, sharing this category with salted fish, red wine and beer.

In the future, the WHO will work to limit the use of tanning beds by persons under the age of 18. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the labeling of the devices, while the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulates the advertising claims of tanning beds.

Salons are required to tell customers to wear safety glasses over their eyes, and there are warnings about aging, skin cancer, and eye injuries.

Since 2007, the FDA has been considering strengthening those warnings, although experts would like to see laws restricting the use of tanning beds by minors and a black-box warning to users.

If you choose to go to the tanning salon in the meantime, you will at least know more about the risk you are taking.

If you still want the bronzed, glowing look, consider UV-free spray tanning as an option that can give you the look instead of using a tanning bed and exposing yourself to these tanning bed-related cancer risks.

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