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Why Is Tanning Dangerous?

As many as 90% of melanomas are estimated to be caused by ultraviolet (UV) exposure. This includes UV exposure from the sun and from artificial sources, such as tanning beds. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies tanning beds and tanning lamps into its highest cancer risk category – carcinogenic to humans, the same category as other hazardous substances such as plutonium and certain types of radium. Numerous individual studies, including an analysis of several studies combined (meta-analyses), have consistently shown that indoor tanning increases the risk of developing all forms of skin cancer, including melanoma. Misleading Information The tanning industry has tried to tell consumers that vitamin D is necessary and that it should...

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Practicing Effective Melanoma Prevention

Effective prevention of melanoma is two-fold: First, reduce and limit UV (ultraviolet) exposure both from natural sunlight and artificial (e.g., tanning beds) sources; Second, identify and diagnose melanoma as early as possible. Take Note: although research suggests that the majority of melanomas -nearly 90% - are considered to be preventable, research also indicates that neither mucosal melanoma nor ocular melanoma are linked to UV exposure or considered preventable. Primary Prevention – The First Line of Defense Primary prevention focuses on reducing and limiting exposure to UV radiation. This includes UV from sunlight and artificial sources, such as tanning beds. Following and combining the guidelines below will greatly reduce your risk of developing melanoma. Generously Apply Sunscreen To All Exposed Skin...

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