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Sunbeds cause cancer - it's official

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August 4, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 2 Comments
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified UV-emitting tanning devices as “carcinogenic to humans” (Group 1).

According to the IARC, analysis of over 20 studies shows that the risk of cutaneous melanoma is increased by 75% when the use of sunbeds starts before age 30. There is also evidence of an increased risk of ocular melanoma associated with the use of tanning devices. The IARC said that further studies on animals support these conclusions and demonstrate that ultraviolet radiation (UVA, UVB, and UVC) is carcinogenic to humans.

Prior to this statement, which was released a few days ago, sunbeds had been classified as "probably carcinogenic". Now they join cigarettes and asbestos.
  • August 20, 2009

    by Nick Jackson

    Yes sunbeds may cause cancer but so does the sun. Yet most people agree that sunlight is good in moderation at it gives the skin Vitamin D. And so for sunbeds. Lying under a sunbed for 20 minutes is bad for one's skin. As is natural sun burn bad for the skin. So I would suggest the author of this article comes from the School of the Bleeding Obvious?

  • August 4, 2009

    by Joon

    thank god im asian - we avoid the sun whenever we see it, and have no obsession on being tan!

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