Accelerated aging and skin cancer tanning booths

The days of tanning salons may be numbered. The National Health Security Agency (ANSES) asks the public authorities to take any measure likely to put an end to the exposure of the population to artificial UV rays in the face of the “proven” risk of cancer, in a notice published on Wednesday 10 October.

Natural light contains three types of ultraviolet radiation: UVA, UVB and UVC. In France, tanning booths mainly emit UVA, UVB illumination being limited by regulations. ANSES notes today in a report “that no irradiance or dose limit value can be set to protect users”.

Tanning booths are places of exposure to intense UV sources that are much richer in UVA than natural light. Exposure to these UV rays causes DNA lesions for doses lower than those triggering sunburn. The user may mistakenly feel a sense of security due to the absence of sunburn.

Proven risks of skin cancer

image of tanning booths and skin cancerTanning booths artificial UV rays lead to accelerated aging and skin cancer

The risks of cancer have been known for several years. People who have used tanning booths at least once before the age of 35 increase the risk of developing cutaneous melanoma by 59%, warns ANSES. Much rarer than carcinoma, melanoma is the most serious skin cancer due to its ability to spread quickly to other parts of the body.

Accelerated skin aging four times faster

In France, it has been estimated that 43% of melanomas in young people could be attributed to the use of these cabins before the age of 30, the report adds. Cutaneous melanoma is one of the leading causes of death among people under 35 in France.

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Artificial UV causes other undesirable effects, such as aging of the skin, which experts estimate could be four times faster with tanning lamps than with the sun.

Academy of medicine, dermatologists, all up against tanning booths

The scientific data is accumulating, there is no longer any doubt, we have solid proof, the risk of cancer is proven, we have quantified data on the risks for young people, for the entire population, now we recommend a government action.

The ban on tanning booths has been requested since 2015 by dermatologists, the Academy of Medicine and even senators, but to date has not been followed by the government, which has contented itself with tightening their regulations. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has declared the entire UV spectrum (UVA, UVB, UVC) as well as tanning devices “certain carcinogens” since 2009.

The health security agency “proven” cancer risk opinion published Wednesday, October 10 [HighProtein-Foods.com]

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