Extensive cancer risk in sun bed use is revealed
The British Medical Journal has revealed yet more staggering evidence of the harmful nature of tanning beds and their role in skin cancers, with estimates that they contribute to hundreds of thousands of new cancer cases worldwide each year.
Although they have long been deemed high-risk under causes of cancer these new statistics are stark – use of sun beds will increase the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma, or non-melanoma skin cancer as it is commonly known, by a huge 67 percent.
For the second type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, the risk is increased by 29 percent. The risk is even higher for those who starting using sun beds before the age of 25.
If existing evidence was not enough to deter tanning fans then these figures might put the risk in to perspective. With cancer being such a common and destructive disease this should serve as a reminder that there is more to life than a tan.
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