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Tanning Beds Directly Correlate to Skin Cancer

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on August 22nd, 2012 | No Comments »
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A major European study by the International Prevention Research Institute in France recently found extremely high rates of melanoma in young users of indoor tanning beds. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is strongly correlated with exposure to UV light. A number of studies conducted in northern European nations all concluded that increased UV exposure through indoor tanning beds is directly responsible for increased melanoma rates.  Researchers warned health officials of the dangers ...

Teens Banned from New York Tanning Beds

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on August 7th, 2012 | No Comments »
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New York’s Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law on July 16 prohibiting the use of indoor tanning beds by children ages 16 and younger. The law also requires 17 year olds to obtain parental consent before using indoor tanning beds. Indoor tanning beds increase the risk of developing skin cancer and expose skin to harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation that is far more intense than UV radiation from the sun. The melanoma rates for young women ...

As Melanoma Rates Increase, So Do Survival Rates

Posted by PCF Admin on April 10th, 2012 | No Comments »
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According to an analysis spanning four decades in Minnesota, there is good news and bad news when it comes to skin cancer. From 1970 to 1979 and 2000 to 2009, the incidence of cutaneous melanoma increased but the death risk from melanoma decreased. Although that study may not reflect the entire country, other research from the CDC’s Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results database confirms similar findings nationwide. Over the same time periods as the Minnesota analysis, ...

Tanning Salons Mislead Young Customers

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on February 7th, 2012 | No Comments »
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A recent Congressional report found that tanning salons have often been lying to customers in order to increase their business. From downplaying the risks of tanning to promoting health benefits that don’t exist, tanning salons are taking advantage of young ignorance to boost the $2.6 billion industry. Investigators found that of the 300 salons contacted, ninety percent told them indoor tanning posed no health dangers. Seventy-eight percent said that indoor tanning would actually improve health- preventing ...