In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Daily Dose", Bailey Mosier examines a study that answers the question of whether tanning beds are responsible for the rise in number of cases of melanoma incidences.
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose.
Researchers have found the incidence of melanoma has dramatically increased among young women in the past four decades … and they’re pointing to tanning beds as a huge reason why.
Mayo Clinic researchers found the incidence of melanoma – a potentially fatal form of skin cancer – increased eightfold among young women and fourfold among young men from 1970 through 2009. The study researchers pointed to the rise in the use of indoor tanning beds as one of the main reasons behind the trend, but childhood sunburns and ultraviolet exposure in adulthood may also contribute to melanoma risk.
While we’re seeing an increase in the rates of melanoma, doctors say fewer people are dying from skin cancer because people are more aware that they need to see a doctor when they see changes in their skin. People know they should wear sunscreen and should not get burned, but researchers believe there is a disconnect between that and tanning bed use.
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