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‘No doubt’ sunbeds cause cancer
[Posted: Wed 29/07/2009 by Olivia Fens www.irishhealth.com]
Cancer experts say there is no doubt that sunbeds are as dangerous as smoking in terms of their risk of causing cancer.
According to a new study, using a sunbed before the age of 30 increases a person’s chance of developing skin cancer by 75%.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has now classed UV tanning beds and sun lamps in the highest cancer risk category – group 1 – ‘carcinogenic to humans’.
The IARC is an expert committee that makes recommendations to the World Health Organization.
Sunbeds tan the skin by using UV-A and UV-B radiation.
In Ireland, legislation regulates the use of sunbeds, including prohibiting their use by those under 16.
However, the Irish Cancer Society has called for a total ban on sunbed use for people under the age of 18.
In 2005, research by the Irish Cancer Society revealed that 237,000 people living in Ireland used sunbeds. Of these, one in three were under the age of 19 when they first tried them out.
Find out more about skin cancer here
See also the Irish Cancer Society website
Vote in our viewers' poll on sunbed use here
|Jalyn Posted: 31/07/2009 11:52|
A startling new study on tanning beds from the World Health Organization claims that people who regularly tan indoors before the age of 30 are almost guaranteed to get cancer. Tanning is a $5 billion per year industry that draws in thousands of people each year. Melanoma is a malignant tumor of melanocytes which are found predominantly in skin but also in the bowel and the eye. Melanoma takes some big installment loans to treat (thousands), and removing cancerous lesions leaves prominent scars
|scapegoat Posted: 31/07/2009 13:19|
Not sure what you are doing on this site, but scaremongering about the cost of medical treatment and giving links to financial websites isn't appropriate. In Ireland, we do not take out "instalment loans" for medical treatment.
|davidf Posted: 31/07/2009 18:04|
A professor of dermatology in the UK, Sam Shuster, says these claims are flawed and based on erroneous interpretation of previous studies, and there is no direct causal link between sunbeds and skin cancer.
"'While UV is the main cause of epitheliomatous skin cancers, which are functionally benign, there is no hard evidence that UV is the principal cause of malignant melanomas.’
In fact, there is growing evidence that avoiding UV rays is bad for you. ‘Obviously, it is not good to burn yourself’, Shuster tells me, ‘but the level of acceptable UV has not yet been established. In fact, some research shows that the risk of melanoma can increase if you avoid UV. Also, UV-rays provide us with vitamin D.’
Today’s increasingly negative attitudes to the sun and UV-light are profoundly unhealthy."
The article is here: http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/earticle/7203/
Also, it is being increasingly thought that the higher incidence of some cancers (bowel, prostate, breast and ovarian if I remember correctly) in northern Europe may be linked to lack of sunshine and vitamin D. Also heart disease.
|Anonymous Posted: 04/08/2009 11:13|
Jalyn, treatment here most certainly does not require big installment loans so using scaremongering tactics to tout loan websites is not only irresponsible it's frankly a bit sickening. I David, I am glad to see a balanaced approach to this, the best source of vitamin D is of course from natural sunlight and people seem to forget this. But if sunbeds were as bad as smoking and there are moves to have them banned, why on earth is there no campaign, by the same logic, to have smoking banned.
|LoraRussel Posted: 19/04/2010 08:42|
Everything causes cancer these days. I've given up on the concept of avoiding every known carcinogen, because it's simply not possible. If you live in a city, you're breathing in carcinogens in the air. If you go out in the sun, you're getting bombarded with carcinogens on your skin. Hell, if you drink water, you're most likely consuming trace amounts of carcinogens. And you can't avoid going out in the sun or physical activity because, you guessed it, a sedentary lifestyle and a lack of Vitamin D contribute to colorectal cancer.
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