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UCSF-led analysis links tanning beds to non-melanoma skin cancer

  • Posted: October 3, 2012

Indoor tanning is already an established risk factor for malignant melanoma, the less common but deadliest form of skin cancer. Now, a new study confirms that indoor tanning significantly increases the risk of non-melanoma skin cancers, the most common human skin cancers. In the most extensive examination of published findings on the subject, the UCSF-led researchers estimate that indoor tanning is responsible for more than 170,000 new cases annually of non-melanoma skin cancers in the United States — and many more worldwide. UCSF is home to the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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