Tanning Beds And Skin Cancer – Is There A Link?

Tanning Beds And Skin Cancer

There are researchers who think there is clear and definite link between tanning beds and skin cancer. There are also scientists who think the connection between tanning beds and skin cancer occurrence is unclear. Nevertheless, skin cancer rates are high these days compared to that of the past.

There are many studies linking sun exposure (ultra violet radiation) to the damage of DNA and to the possible formation of skin melanoma. Researchers in Sweden compared the effects of sun exposure to the effects of sun bed tanning in Swedish adolescents. The study used a dosage scheme estimating the dosage of both sunlight and sun bed on a particular skin area. They found that the dosage of UVA from the sun beds was 2-10 times greater than sunlight. They also found that adolescents who used tanning sun beds were 10 times more at risk of developing malignant melanoma than adolescents who never used artificial tanning. In another study, researchers found that the odds of melanoma risk was 6 times higher in people who use tanning beds 10 times/year, compared to that of people have used them only once. This clearly shows there is a link between tanning beds and skin cancer risk.

Fluorescent UV lamps have the same sun spectrum as the mid-day sun. This kind of exposure to UVA radiations for a prolonged period of time can result in several skin conditions. Cutaneous malignant melanoma and Basal Cell Carcinoma are two of the several tanning bed dangers. Melanoma is a serious type of carcinoma that forms as a cancerous mole on the body and can spread throughout the body very quickly if medical attention is not provided.

There are many studies that establish a possible link between the use of sunscreen and skin cancer prevention. According to a research article published on PubMed, daily sunscreen application can be used as one ways to prevent skin cancer of a non-malignant skin cancer type called Squamous-cell carcinoma. Sunscreen usage didn’t show any change in the occurrence of Basal-cell carcinoma.

Although, there are no studies that establish a definite link between tanning beds and skin cancer, it remains true that too much of UVA radiation exposure can lead to many skin conditions ranging from skin irritation to skin cancers. There are many other options like no-sun tanning/bronzing lotions. You can also consider spending some time in the plain old morning sunlight to obtain a nice tan without having to compromise on the health and safety.