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The global fight to stop teens’ indoor tanning, reduce skin cancer deaths

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on December 4th, 2012 | No Comments »
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Governments around the world are banning the use of tanning beds for those younger than 18 in a move to protect children and young adults from skin cancer. Growing evidence shows indoor tanning is a direct risk for melanoma skin cancer cases and deaths, with a higher risk for people who use tanning beds under the age of 25. California, Vermont and 22 European countries prohibit teens from using tanning beds. Countries such as Brazil ...

Take caution redheads: Study shows skin cancer risks even without the sun

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on November 20th, 2012 | 1 Comment »
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Medical experts have long claimed that redheads were at a greater risk for skin cancer than other skin types. Their fair skin is thought to provide less natural protection against UV rays from the sun. A recent study with mice shows that redheads may be at risk for melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, even when covered up from the sun. While studying two groups of mice with different pigment-producing genes – one with ...

Tanning Beds Cause Alarming Number of Skin Cancer Cases in the U.S.

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation on October 12th, 2012 | 1 Comment »
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A study conducted at UC San Francisco discovered indoor tanning is responsible each year for over 170,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. Findings also indicated that tanning bed users were more likely to develop certain types of skin cancers than non-users, with the highest risk among young adults. Though local and national government efforts have recently attempted to regulate indoor tanning by implementing a tanning tax or banning ...

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 ...