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Tanning bed use linked to melanoma risk

People with the skin cancer are more likely to have frequented the salons

5:40pm, May 27, 2010

People with melanoma are more likely than those without it to have visited an indoor tanning salon, researchers find. The report, posted online May 27 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, is the latest in a host of studies linking indoor tanning to cancer (SN: 2/23/02, p. 126).

Many earlier studies, however, lacked information on the kind of ultraviolet rays people got while tanning indoors, the dose they received and the type of skin tone they had, says DeAnn Lazovich, [cq]a cancer epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, who coauthored the new report.

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