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What is the probability of getting skin cancer from a sunbed?
19 doctors weighed in

Dr. Frank Pinto
Dermatology
10 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Frank Pinto
Dr. Frank Pinto
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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Some studies state that a person who participates in "indoor tanning" has about a 2.5 times greater risk of getting a squamous cell carcinoma and a 1.5 times greater risk of getting a basal cell carcinoma than the non-tanning public. I agree with avoiding them.
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: Overall, low
Going strictly by the numbers, many more people go to tanning beds then get cancer. However, the more sun/tanning bed exposure you have, the higher the risk.
A family history of skin cancer and lighter natural skin tones also increase the risk. The best answer is to avoid tanning beds, save your skin and improve your appearance down the road.

In brief: Overall, low
Going strictly by the numbers, many more people go to tanning beds then get cancer. However, the more sun/tanning bed exposure you have, the higher the risk.
A family history of skin cancer and lighter natural skin tones also increase the risk. The best answer is to avoid tanning beds, save your skin and improve your appearance down the road.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Too high
Although the actual probability of cancer from limited exposure is relatively low, it is much higher than if you don't use a tanning bad! why take the risk?

In brief: Too high
Although the actual probability of cancer from limited exposure is relatively low, it is much higher than if you don't use a tanning bad! why take the risk?
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Clarence Freed
have seen too many young people with melanoma who when questioned admit to frequent tanning beds
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 1.5 to 2.5x increase
Using a tanning bed increases your chance of developing a basal cell carcinoma by 1.
5 times and a squamous cell carcinoma by 2.5 times. You are literally paying someone to give you skin cancer and cause you to prematurely age your skin.

In brief: 1.5 to 2.5x increase
Using a tanning bed increases your chance of developing a basal cell carcinoma by 1.
5 times and a squamous cell carcinoma by 2.5 times. You are literally paying someone to give you skin cancer and cause you to prematurely age your skin.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Dr. Joseph Mele
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Numbers vary
However, using a sunbed, especially at a young age, has been shown to increase your chances of getting skin cancer.
Skin cancer is most common in fair skinned individuals and increases the closer you live to the equator.

In brief: Numbers vary
However, using a sunbed, especially at a young age, has been shown to increase your chances of getting skin cancer.
Skin cancer is most common in fair skinned individuals and increases the closer you live to the equator.
Dr. Joseph Mele
Dr. Joseph Mele
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: Increased
Using a tanning bed before the age of 35 increases your risk by 75%.

In brief: Increased
Using a tanning bed before the age of 35 increases your risk by 75%.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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