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Tanning Beds Increase Risk of Melanoma Skin Cancer

Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy - July 29, 2009

  • Tanning beds are now classified as certain to cause melanoma skin cancer by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. 

Tanning beds were previously ranked as probably carcinogenic by the research agency. Their research was published in the medical journal Lancet Oncology on July 29, 2009.

Tanning beds increase the risk of melanoma skin cancer.Tanning beds increased the risk of melanoma by 75% when used by children and young adults when started before the age of 30.

The American Cancer Society’s web site states that melanoma is a type of skin cancer that originates in skin cells called melanocytes that make the skin tan or brown and protect the deeper layers of skin from the sun.

Reference Sources: The Lancet Oncology, July 2009, Volume 10, Number 7; The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Web Site, July 29, 2009.

Natural Care Solution
Over exposure is the key. Repeating over exposure to ultraviolet rays causing sunburns increase the risk of skin cancer. Tanning beds are intense sources of ultraviolet rays. You do not get sensation of heat on the skin and it’s easy to overexpose the skin and get a burn. I believe tanning beds should be avoided. Short term exposure to sunshine and preventing sunburn appear to be the key to prevent skin cancer.

Skin Cancer Prevention Key Points
1. Obtain a blood test for 25-hydroxyvitamin D3. Currently we believe blood levels of vitamin D3 should be 50-65 ng/l to decrease the risk of and treat most cancers, osteoporosis and auto-immune diseases.
2. Do not allow your skin to be burned with exposure to sunshine.
3. Do not use tanning beds. 

About the Author:

Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy helps his clients improve their health by using natural products, tests and self care. He writes special reports on natural product, diet and lifestyle effects on cancer. You may schedule an appointment for customized natural cancer recommendations by calling 405.919.1982.


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