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Be Aware of Spray Tans

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Be aware of Spray Tans and use the nose plugs and eye protection provided: Spray tans provide a tanned appearance to the skin without sun exposure.

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Tanning beds linked to skin cancer

Women who use tanning salons have a somewhat increased risk of skin cancer, according to a study that adds to evidence that baking in a tan bed can be as bad as baking under the sun.

The study, by a team at Harvard Medical School, looked at data from nearly 730,000 nurses followed for 20 years and found that women who used tanning beds in their youth were more likely than others to develop skin cancer. Though many studies have linked tanning beds to a higher skin cancer risk, the link to basal cell carcinoma, by far the most common form of skin cancer, have been inconsistent.

“We … investigated whether frequency of tanning bed use during high school/college and at ages 25 to 36 years were associated with a risk of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma,” wrote Jiali Han and colleagues in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

“Our data provide evidence for a dose-response relationship between tanning bed use and the risk of skin cancers, especially basal cell carcinoma, and the association is stronger for patients with a younger age at exposure.”

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Children Need Sunscreen

It is Crucial for Children to Wear Sunscreen

Despite numerous efforts to encourage people to wear sunscreen, a new study shows only 1 in 4 children regularly uses sunscreen.

Researchers say more than half of the children studied also reported having a sunburn in the previous summer. Experts say those results are troubling. The problem is if you sunburn in childhood, you raise your risk of developing skin cancer later on.Recent studies showed that children who have a sunburn at an early age are nearly twice as likely to develop melanoma in adulthood. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and is responsible for nearly 9,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

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