Staying away from sunbeds offers protection from a deadly form of skin cancer

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Investigating melanoma cancer

Researchers say that people who use sunbeds get melanoma at a younger age.

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Using sunbeds to get a tan has become a very trendy thing to do. Although the tan from sunbeds may make users appear to be healthier, using a sunbed is actually very risky. There is an increased risk of developing a deadly form of skin cancer in sunbed users.

People who use sunbeds are at a greater risk of getting melanoma

The University of Oslo, Faculty of Medicine reports that people who use sunbeds are at a greater risk of getting melanoma. An extensive Norwegian study has found that users of sunbeds are at a higher risk of getting melanoma and they also have a tendency to get this cancer at a younger age than people who do not use sunbeds.

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer

This is a very serious matter in view of the fact that melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. There has been a very strong increase in the incidence of melanoma in the last decade. In Norway alone there are approximately 2,000 new cases of melanoma every year.

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Modern sunbeds actually emit much more UVA and UVB than the summer sun

Modern sunbeds actually emit much more UVA and UVB than the summer sun in Oslo. Clearly there are significant public health implications from this study. The burden of melanoma is increased in societies via increasing the number of melanoma patients and via lowering the overall age at which diagnosis is made.

The WHO has classified UV-emitting tanning devices as being carcinogenic to people

It has been reported by the World Health Organization that an International Agency for Research on Cancer group has classified UV-emitting tanning devices as being carcinogenic to people. It has been determined that the risk of cutaneous melanoma is increased by 75 percent when people begin using tanning devices prior to 30 years old.

The findings of this study support recommendations by the World Health Organization for people to avoid sunlamps and tanning parlors and to also protect themselves from overexposure to the sun. It is a good idea to work on developing a psychological mindset which does not glorify being tanned. Melanoma really can kill you and sunlamps, tanning parlors and too much exposure to the sun increases the risk of getting melanoma.

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