Skin cancer risk from tanning even without burn: study

(Reuters Health) - Getting a "base" tan at a tanning salon before spending time in the sun may protect against sunburn, but it won't protect against skin cancer, a new study suggests.

Among people who said they'd never had a sunburn, those with melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, were nearly four times more likely to be indoor tanners than people without melanoma, researchers found.

“We know a common reason people do indoor tanning is to prevent sunburn,” said DeAnn Lazovich, the study’s lead author from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, online May 28, 2014.

Iain Mack