Tanning Beds Fingered for Cancer
That's because the biggest reported increase comes from skin cancer
on parts of the body normally covered by clothing, according to a new
analysis of data from the Swedish Cancer Registry.
Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden examined
information on more than 51,000 people diagnosed with skin cancer from
1961 to 1998. The data showed that squamous cell carcinoma, one type of
skin cancer, has become the most rapidly increasing type of cancer in
Sweden in the past 20 years.
Noninvasive types of skin cancer increased "drastically," the
researchers say, especially on areas of the body normally protected
from the sun by clothing. Their report, which appears in the July issue
of The Archives of Dermatology, suggests the increase is attributable
to "intentional tanning."