Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wellness Wednesday

In the past, it has been difficult for researchers to make the case for a clear link between the use of indoor tanning beds and deadly skin cancer.  However, the Yale School of Public Health conducted a study of almost 400 individuals who received a basal cell carcinoma diagnosis and who had at some point used a tanning bed and compared that group to a control group.  The results were that those who had used a tanning bed were almost 70% more likely to get skin cancer.  Another study said that the biggest deterrent to using tanning beds is not the threat of cancer but an emphasis on the threat of wrinkling.  Read more about the study here.

1 comment:

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

I accompanied a friend for her out-patient melanoma surgery- there were several patches on her back that had to be removed. I asked her if she was done with tanning beds and she said she would go back as soon as the doctor gave her the go ahead. There was much stern discussion after that response.