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What is the probability of getting skin cancer from a sunbed?

What is the probability of getting skin cancer from a sunbed?

Definitely possible: There have now been studies showing that young women who regularly use tanning beds have an increased risk for melanoma later on. Use of tanning beds also prematurely ages the skin. Avoid them. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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How can you get skin cancer from a tanning bed?

How can you get skin cancer from a tanning bed?

Takes time: Ultraviolet induces a trademark dna mutation; over the time, altered cells overgrow their neighbors and your cancer risk is up. You're also photoaging your skin and will look old sooner. Please limit your tanning bed use. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting skin cancer from tanning bed if you only do it 15-20 minutes 3 times a week ?

What are the chances of getting skin cancer from tanning bed if you only do it 15-20 minutes 3 times a week ?

Depends on duration: The main question is for how many years? Clearly cumulative exposure to tanning beds at a young age is a major risk for melanoma, especially for fair-skinned and red haired individuals. Melanoma cases have been rising for years, for a variety of reasons. My advice is to not use tanning beds at all-- it's not worth the risk! ...Read more

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How many years would a person have to be using a sunbed to develop skin cancer?

How many years would a person have to be using a sunbed to develop skin cancer?

No way to tell: There is no way to tell. But, using it any, increase your risk of skin cancer, and themore you use it the more your risk could rise. ...Read more

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How many years and how often do you have to use sunbeds to develop skin cancer?

How many years and how often do you have to use sunbeds to develop skin cancer?

See link below: Just as chronic sun exposure causes cumulative damage to dna over many years, so can exposure to tanning beds, both of which contribute to the development of skin cancer. http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/prevention-and-care/indoor-tanning is a link to some useful information from the american academy of dermatology. ...Read more

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Sunbed up to 5/6 times leading up to my vacation, will it increase my risk of skin cancer?

Sunbed up to 5/6 times leading up to my vacation, will it increase my risk of skin cancer?

Yes.: Any exposure to ultraviolet light can cause both aging of the skin and damage to the skin cell's dna-which can lead to cancer. Ultraviolet light from the sun contains uva, uvb and uvc wavelengths. Most of the uvc is blocked by the ozone layer. But uva and uvb make there way down to our skin. Sun tanning beds use bulbs which imitate the sun's light and give off uva and uvb wavelengths ...Read more

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I use to use a tanning bed now i'm worried sick. Could i be in danger of skin cancer?

I use to use a tanning bed now i'm worried sick. Could i be in danger of skin cancer?

Tanning beds...: ...Have been shown to increase the risk of getting skin cancer, in addition to giving you wrinkles and photodamage. Spray tanning would be safer. Have your family doctor or dermatologist check you over for any suspicious new spots on your skin - but other than that, stop the tanning bed, and don't worry. ...Read more

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I used a sunbed in my 20ties, probably in total maybe 10 times. Now 34, worried about skin cancer. I have quite a lot of skin tags under my breasts. ?

Surveillance: Have somebody -- a partner, a physician, or whoever -- keep an eye on your skin and be familiar with the appearances of the common skin cancers. Get the suspicious ones off before they can hurt you. It's as simple as that. Worry accomplishes nothing. Death from skin cancer is basically 100% preventable if you stay alert. The skin tags aren't a factor and aren't sun-related. ...Read more

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What if I use sunblock in a tanning bed will it help prevent skin cancer?

Not recommended: Tanning bed is bad for you regardless of whether you use a sunblock. Just think about this: 1. Using sunblock in a tanning bed defeats the purpose of going to the tanning bed. (i.e., you won't get a tan with appropriate use of tanning bed). 2. If you do get a tan, then the sunblock is not working well; so the risk of developing skin cancer is still high. So, no tanning bed under any circumstances. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use & ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more