The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that “the more you use a tanning bed, the higher your risk of deadly skin cancers, according to research presented at” the AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research. Investigators found that “for every FOUR VISITS per year to a tanning booth, risk for basal and squamous cell carcinoma jumped 15% and risk for melanoma rose 11%.”
The investigators also “found that using tanning booths in the younger age range, during high school and college, had a stronger effect on cancer risk.”
The bottom line? There is NO indoor tanning that is safe … especially for your kids, whose skin is far more susceptible to these harmful, cancer causing sources of UV rays.
Here are more of my recent blogs on the dangers of tanning beds:
- Tanning beds even riskier than previously thought
- California bans teens from tanning beds
- Could frequent tanning bed use become addicting?
- Dangers of tanning not hitting home
- AMA, other medical groups urge states to ban children under 18 from tanning salons
- Study: Tanning-bed use triples melanoma risk
- Indoor Tanning Poses Melanoma Risk; There Are NO Safe Devices
- One-third of young people who use tanning beds may be addicted to the behavior