You may want to skip using that sunbed after reading this. According to a recent study, sunbeds which are used in indoor tanning emit those harmful UV radiation in producing a cosmetic tan. These are commonly found in spas, tanning salons, gyms and sporting facilities.
Using sunbeds may put individuals at a higher risk of melanoma. Melanoma is considered to be the most dangerous type of skin cancer. In the last decade, melanoma was found to have the strongest increase in incidence and the incidence rates have in fact never been as high as in 2014.
The World Health Organisation or WHO based International Agency for Research on Cancer, has classified UV-emitting tanning devices as “carcinogenic to humans” in 2009. But, sunbed use is still popular among young women in Western countries.
The study which was conducted by University of Oslo, followed 141,000 Norwegian women for the average of 14 years. Women who had 30 or more indoor tanning sessions were at 32% increased risk of melanoma, as compared to never-users. Also, women who started indoor tanning before age 30 were on average two years younger at melanoma diagnosis than never-users.