Dose-response link found between tanning beds, skin cancer

10/26/2011 | HealthDay News

After four visits to a tanning bed, the risk for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma goes up 15%, and the risk for melanoma goes up 11%, according to a study presented at the International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research. The younger the tanner, the higher the risks, researchers found. "Use during high school/college had a stronger effect on the increased risk for basal cell carcinoma compared with use during ages 25 to 35," study author Dr. Mingfeng Zhang said.

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