Indoor tanning has been linked to rising rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, and now a new study adds to the evidence that tanning beds also contribute to more common non-melanoma skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, especially among people who start tanning before age 25. People who use tanning beds are 67% more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 29% more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma than people who never use them, the review paper found, accounting for more than 170,000 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancers in the U.S. each year. [via BMJ]

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I had no idea that tanning resulted in 170,000 cases of melanoma a year.   It seems like being out in the sun can be both beneficial and harmful depending on the circumstances.   My brother-in-law is actually a skin doctor, so I would think that he deals with these types of things a lot.   I might call him later and see what his opinions are on the subject. http://www.pacificdermcenter.com/mohs-skin-cancer-surgery/ 

Shelly LaPlant
Shelly LaPlant


As for the increased risk of melanoma,

I would like to see the breakdown of this study,how do the numbers

stack up of Tanning salons, vs people that have home units, vs

Dermatologist treatments. Dermatologists use tanning beds to treat

psoriasis and other skin conditions. Treatment can be used with

Psoralen and UV therapy which can be dangerous, as noted in this



I would be curious to know if these

particular occurrences of melanoma were sifted out of the numbers

cited in this article. I suspect they weren't so as to lead the

reader to believe the tanning salon industry is fully to blame when

it isn't.