Surgical Oncology News

This section features a sampling of news related to surgical oncology from the popular press, from press releases received, or SSO news directly pertinent to SSO members.

Study: European tanning bed users 20 percent more likely to get deadly melanoma

Author: Jason Koebler, US News & World Report
Jul 24, 2012

For years, doctors have warned about the dangers of tanning beds. Now, a new report published in the British Medical Journal finds that about 5 and a half percent of melanoma cases in Europe are related to tanning bed use.

The study also found that people who regularly use tanning beds are 20 percent more likely to get melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, than people who have never tanned artificially. People who start using tanning beds before age 35 are nearly 90 percent more likely to get skin cancer than people who never use tanning beds.

"The results of this meta-analysis are in full agreement with the considerable amount of data pointing to childhood and adolescence as key periods for initiation and development of melanoma in adulthood," the authors wrote.

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