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New skin cancer study highlights U of M tanning bed research

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found melanoma rates among young women are eight-times higher than they were 40 years ago. Though the study didn’t look at what caused the melanoma, researchers suggested indoor tanning as the main factor.

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Citing a University of Minnesota study that found a strong correlation between tanning-device use and melanoma, the Mayo Clinic researchers said they are sure that ultra-violet radiation is linked to cancer in a big way, especially tanning bed exposure.

In 2010, researchers at the U of M’s School of Public Health and Masonic Cancer Center found that people who use any type of tanning bed for any amount of time are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma.

“We found that it didn’t matter the type of tanning device used; there was no safe tanning device,” said DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., at the time of her study’s release. “We also found – and this is new data – that the risk of getting melanoma is associated more with how much a person tans and not the age at which a person starts using tanning devices. Risk rises with frequency of use, regardless of age, gender, or device,”

Click here to see an interview with Dr. Lazovich.

  1. April 13, 2013 3:08 am | Collin Croffie Says:

    Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. Energy from the sun actually is a form of radiation. It consists of visible light and other rays that people can’t see. Invisible infrared radiation, for instance, makes sunlight feel hot. UV also is invisible, and causes sunburn and sun tan. UV rays damage DNA, the genetic material that makes up genes. Genes control the growth and overall health of skin cells. If the genetic damage is severe, a normal skin cell may begin to grow in the uncontrolled, disorderly way of cancer cells. UV also can cause sunburn, and other damage that makes the skin look prematurely old and wrinkled.,

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