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Confused by previous answers-sprayed tanned years w/no protection. read dha breathed thru nose/month during spray causes lung cancer. what are real risks 2 me; are there actual cases in medical journals? please help me understand real risk-concerned

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
I found no articles: The serious medical literature contains a couple of articles about dihydroxyacetone's effects on the skin, especially making the diagnosis of pigmented cancers more tricky. In 2013, a couple of ivory-tower types suggested the stuff might be a mutagen / risk in theory, but there was never any serious scientific work. Mutagens are ubiquitous in nature. If you want a fake tan, stop worrying.
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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
NO CHEMICAL: inhaled over a period of time is safe! Unfortunately the DHA issue is still not clarified! DHA can cause GENETIC abnormalities in mice ...but HUMANS are NOT Mice. I tell my patients NOT to spend valuable time worrying about possible early exposure to chemicals with adverse effects...suffices to say that timely medical examinations would be my best advice! Hope this is helpful Dr Z
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