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The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on cancer has now moved tanning beds into its top cancer risk category. They are on believed to be as deadly as arsenic, mustard gas, and tobacco. The new classification also puts them in the list of definite causes of cancer, alongside tobacco, the hepatitis B virus and chimney sweeping, among others.
The researchers’ analysis of more than twenty studies, recently published in the medical journal Lancet Oncology, found that all type of UV radiation, A, B and C cause mutations in mice. This is proof that the radiation is carcinogenic. Previously, only one type of ultraviolet radiation was thought to be lethal. The analysis concluded that the risk of melanoma increases by 75% when tanning bed use begins before age 30.
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