London: Using sunbeds is not a safe way to get a tan and has been linked to a higher risk of developing skin cancer.

Because it makes your skin to expose to large amounts of UV rays that age your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. The risks are even higher for young people as evidence suggests that sunburn in childhood greatly increases the risk of skin cancer later in life.

Now, a new research claims that sunbeds may put people at increased risk of melanoma – the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

Melanoma has the strongest increase in incidence in the last decade, and the incidence rates have never been as high as in 2014, researchers said.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) based International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified UV-emitting tanning devices as “carcinogenic to humans” in 2009.

However, sunbed use is still popular in western countries, especially among young women.

The study by the University of Oslo followed 141,000 Norwegian women for the average of 14 years.

Women who had 30 or more indoor tanning sessions were at 32 per cent increased the risk of melanoma compared to never-users.

In addition, women who started indoor tanning before age 30 were on average two years younger at melanoma diagnosis than never-users.

These associations remained significant after controlling for age, birth cohort, ambient ultra-violet (UV) radiation of residence, hair color, skin color and a cumulative number of sunburns and sunbathing vacations.

The findings of the study have important implications for public health as it shows that sunbed use increases the burden of melanoma in societies by both increasing the number of patients and decreasing the age at diagnosis.

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Researchers added that modern sunbeds emit six times more UVA and twice as much UVB as the Oslo summer sun.

(With PTI inputs)

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