Indoor Tanning Linked with Skin Cancer Before Age 50

People who use tanning beds and other indoor tanning devices may be at increased risk of developing certain types of skin cancer early in life, according to a new study published in the July issue of the journal Pediatrics.

In the study, people who said they'd used indoor tanning devices were 60 percent more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma — a slow-growing type of skin cancer — at or before age 50, compared with those who had never used indoor tanning devices.

The link was particularly strong among people who used indoor tanning devices at a young age: Those who used indoor tanning devices before age 20 were twice as likely as those who had never used the devices to develop basal cell carcinoma (BCC) by age 50. 

The findings agree with previous studies that have linked indoor tanning with skin cancer, including an increased risk of melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Yahoo News 23/6/14

Iain Mack