UV light in tanning beds may trigger genetic mutations that can lead to skin malignancies

UV light in tanning beds may trigger genetic mutations that can lead to skin malignancies

Reuters (4/29, Rapaport) reports that “indoor tanning is associated with a higher risk of developing…melanoma at younger ages, and” research “suggests the ultraviolet (UV) light in tanning beds may be triggering genetic mutations that can lead to skin malignancies.” After looked at “data on 114 melanoma patients who had a history of indoor tanning and 222 melanoma patients who did not,” investigators “estimated that melanoma developed about a decade earlier when patients had a history of indoor tanning.” Meanwhile, “genetic mutations linked to melanoma were also more common among indoor tanners, occurring in 43 percent of patients in this group compared with 28 percent of cases in people without a history of indoor tanning.” The findings were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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