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ANCHOR LEAD:  NO ONE SHOULD USE TANNING BEDS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Use of tanning beds can result in an almost two-fold increase in your risk of developing melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer, a study reported in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention has found.  William Nelson, director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, says this study adds to the body of knowledge on tanning bed hazards.

NELSON:  Well tanning beds clearly are dangerous.  They’ve been classified by the IARC, the group that looks at carcinogens across the world, formally as a carcinogen so they’re definitely not good for you.  I think what this does suggest is there is no safe dose of these tanning bed facilities and that you’re better off using sunscreen, avoiding excessive sun exposure and avoiding tanning beds altogether.   :23

Nelson adds that a complete skin examination is a good idea for almost anyone, especially those who’ve had lots of sun exposure, are fair-skinned, or have a family history of skin cancer of any type.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey..

 


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