Use of tanning beds may elevate the risk of skin cancer

Tanning bedReseachers have found that tanning beds can lead to increased chances of skin cancer.

This research has been done by researchers from Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut and published online in December 12 issue of Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Scientists have discovered that there are 69% of increased chances of suffering from early-onset basal cell carcinoma (BCC) in case of the people, who tanned on the indoor beds. Researchers interviewed 750 people younger than 40 years of age and found that the risk of skin cancer increases with the number of years the tanning beds has been used.

“Indoor tanning was strikingly common in our study of young skin cancer patients, especially in the women, which may partially explain why 70 percent of early-onset BCCs are in females,” Susan T. Mayne, the senior author of the study and a professor at the School of Public Health, said in a statement.

“We were also surprised to find that one-third of our study participants with BCC had already had at least one additional BCC before age 40, which is very alarming as skin cancers increase in frequency in age,” Mayne added.

“Importantly, indoor tanning is a behavior that individuals can change. In conjunction with the findings on melanoma, our results for BCC indicate that reducing indoor tanning could translate to a meaningful reduction in the incidence of these two types of skin cancer,” said Leah M. Ferrucci, first author of the paper and a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Public Health.

This research clearly supported the previous research by the researchers from the University of Minnesota, where scientists found that use of tanning beds might increase the chances of melanoma, i.e. most serious form of cancer, by 74%.

Cases of melanoma are increasing for the past three decades and according to the reports of American Cancer Society, 70,230 could be diagnosed this year.


Leah M. Ferrucci, PhD, Brenda Cartmel, PhD, Annette M. Molinaro, PhD, David J. Leffell, MD, Allen E. Bale, MD, Susan T. Mayne, PhD, (2011). Indoor tanning and risk of early-onset basal cell carcinoma. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2011.11.940

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