Tanning Beds Cancer – Tanning beds have been linked to the most common form of skin cancer. Prior to now the devices were linked to an increased risk of the deadliest type of skin disease.
According to scientists at the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut young people who tanned on indoor beds had a 69 percent increased chance of suffering from early-onset basal cell carcinoma (BCC).
“Indoor tanning was strikingly common in our study of young skin cancer patients, especially in the women, which may partially explain why 70 percent of early-onset BCCs are in females,” Susan T. Mayne, the senior author of the study and a professor at the School of Public Health, said in a statement.
This study, which was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, supports prior research from the University of Minnesota. Their scientists discovered that people who used these devices, regardless of the type or for how long, were 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma, the most serious form of the skin disease.
Mayne and her colleagues interviewed 750 people younger than 40 years old. They analyzed the type of beds, for how long, how often, any burns that resulted and the age of when the device was used. The risk seemed to increase with the number of years that the process went on.
“We were also surprised to find that one-third of our study participants with BCC had already had at least one additional BCC before age 40, which is very alarming as the skin cancers increase in frequency in age,” Mayne added.
Medical experts in the US have called for stricter regulations on the use of the devices. In this country alone, approximately 30 million people use the “medical devices.”
During the past three decades, cases of melanoma have been on the rise. Even though it only accounts for about five percent of skin disease cases, it causes the majority of death from the disease. About 70,230 new cases will be diagnosed this year, according to the ACS.