In yet another reinforcement of news we have been hearing for years, a New Hampshire study has shown the risks of tanning bed use. The study, published in the American Academy of Pediatrics professional journal “Pediatrics,” warns consumers of the increased risk of basal cell carcinoma in teens and young adults who use tanning beds.
The study was done out of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center. A total of 657 participants were included in the data of the survey. The time that participants spent in the natural sun and time spent in indoor tanning beds was documented, along with other pertinent information.
The results of the study showed those with greater time in tanning booths had heightened risks of developing basal cell carcinomas. Researchers believe that this is partly due to the significantly higher level of ultraviolet lights that tanning beds deliver. Tanning beds give people 10 to 15 times more ultraviolet light than what a person would receive in comparable time in the sunshine. The younger age of participants may also make them more susceptible to tanning bed’s harmful effects.
The findings of this latest study come on the heels of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) command that all indoor tanning beds feature warning labels. The labels are to warn that tanning beds should not be used by youths under the age of 18. The labels must be prominently displayed on all tanning beds. The labels are not an absolute ban, but are intended to convey an adamant caution against use by those under 18 years old.
Past studies have linking tanning bed use to skin cancer, premature aging, and other problems in people of all ages. Ultimately, this study serves to add to an existing body of research that tanning beds are risky for any and every one.