A new report released today by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is short, sweet and to the point: tanning devices are a Class I cause of cancer in humans.
The report, which was published in Lancet Oncology, reviews the cancer causing effects of various types of radiation, is bound to create more controversy regarding the use of tanning beds, especially in young women who are probably the most prolific users of these devices.
The reality is that the issue is no longer controversial. Tanning beds cause cancer. No tanning bed is safe, and there is no excuse or reason to use one.
As noted in the report, there are various types of solar—or sun related—radiation. Many of us are familiar with UVB radiation from the sun, and that is the type that for years was the main target of the many sunscreens available in the marketplace.
More recently, increased attention has been paid to UVA radiation, but it wasn’t quite as clear that this type of sun related radiation caused cancer. Now, as the evidence begins to accumulate, it is becoming clearer that UVA radiation also causes skin cancer.
The problem has … Continue reading →