In Iceland where sunny days are infrequent, the incidents of melanoma have steadily increased since the use of tanning beds. Tanning bed use in Iceland dramatically went up after 1985 and data shows compelling evidence that they have contributed to the sharp increase of melanoma. The increase was seen most in young women. At the same time traveling abroad became more prevalent – causing more sun exposure – and there was an increase in older Icelanders.
Accordingly, there was a 20% increase in risk for melanoma with any indoor tanning. But the risk doubled for those who began tanning before age 35. Tanning beds will deliver (in 10 to 20 minutes) powerful ultraviolet light that can be 10 to15 times stronger than the noon sun on the Mediterranean Sea.
There have been many studies about this subject and there appears to be no difference for those who live in areas of higher latitude with more sensitive skin. Researchers have concluded there is higher risk of melanoma for tanning bed users. In the United States the laws prohibit adolescents from using tanning beds. Good case for self-tanning lotions until something bad is discovered about them and tanning with moderation.
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