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"An IARC Working Group has classified UV-emitting tanning devices as "carcinogenic to humans" (Group 1). The Working Group was convened by the IARC Monographs programme and the conclusions are reported in an article and press release issued by The Lancet Oncology. The report can be read here.
"Combined analysis of over 20 epidemiological studies shows that the risk of cutaneous melanoma is increased by 75% when the use of tanning devices starts before age 30. There is also sufficient evidence of an increased risk of ocular melanoma associated with the use of tanning devices. Studies in experimental animals support these conclusions and demonstrate that ultraviolet radiation (UVA, UVB, and UVC) is carcinogenic to humans."
For an excellent report of the findings that establish a link with tanning beds and a 75% increase in the incidence of melanoma go here.
The Skin Cancer Foundation is comprised of distinguished physicians and laypeople dedicated to reducing the incidence of skin cancer. They have a website with a great deal of information about skin cancer in general and for a quick summary of skin cancer facts, including about the increased risk from tanning beds, go here.
Advertising strategies used by the tanning industry are likened to those used by the cigarette industry. For information about the misleading marketing strategies used by the tanning industry, please read here.