Over 3,000 cases of Melanoma Skin Cancer in Europe associated with Sunbed Use

Melanoma skin cancer- credit: National Cancer Institute unknown photographer - PD

(Best Syndication News) - A European study estimates that 5.4 percent of all new cases of cutaneous melanoma skin cancer are related to the use of sunbed tanners. People who use sunbeds to get a golden tan are at a 20 percent increased risk of getting skin cancer compared to those that never used one. The skin cancer risk more than doubles if they used sunbeds before age 35.

Researchers from the International Prevention Research Institute in France, along with the European Institute of Oncology of Italy, wanted to learn more about the relationship between sunbed use and melanoma skin cancer in the Western European region. The researchers investigated and analyzed information gathered in 27 different studies on skin cancer and sunbed use between 1981 and 2012. The participants included people from the UK, France, and Germany.

The researchers found 11,428 cases of skin cancer. If the person used sunbeds at anytime there was a 20 percent increased risk for skin cancer. If the person used a sunbed before the age of 35 they had an 87 percent increased risk for skin cancer. For every sunbed session the person did each year, an additional 1.8 percent skin cancer risk is added.

The study authors suggest that prevention comes from tougher regulation for those using tanning beds, such as banning people under the age of 18 from using them. In the state of California there are restrictions placed on minors.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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