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Research Shows that Tanning Beds can be as Deadly as Arsenic

A study published in the medical journal, Lancet Oncology, has concluded that ultraviolet radiation coming from tanning beds is a top cancer risk, and is as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas.

A new analysis of twenty studies done by International cancer experts concluded that the risk of cancer jumps by 75 percent when people start using tanning beds before the age of 30. Experts also found that all types of ultraviolet radiation caused worry mutations in mice, which experts say is proof that radiation is carcinogenic. According to researchers, this new classification means tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation are definite causes of cancer, alongside with tobacco, hepatitis B virus, and chimney sweeping.

One of the cancer researchers, Vincent Cogliano stated that, “People need to be reminded of the risks of sun beds. We hope the prevailing culture will change so teen don’t think they need to use sun beds to get a tan.” Most lights used in tanning beds give off mainly ultraviolet radiation, which cause skin and eye cancer, according to the International Agency for Cancer Research.

As the use of tanning beds has increased among people under 30, doctors have seen a parallel rise in the numbers of young people with skin cancer. In Britain, melanoma, which is known as the deadliest kind of skin cancer, is now the leading cancer diagnosed in women in their 20s.
Cogliano cautioned that ultraviolet radiation is not healthy, whether it comes from a tanning bed or from the sun. The American Cancer Society advises people to try bronzing or self-tanning creams instead of tanning beds.

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