U of M skin cancer study skewed by pale Minnesotans, tanning industry claims

U of M skin cancer study skewed by pale Minnesotans, tanning industry claims
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Perhaps this study is full of "findings" we all knew before the University of Minnesota managed to publish it, but apparently it's still big news. Baking under tanning lights increases your risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, big time. Just don't do it.

A University of Minnesota study published today puts a big black eye on the indoor tanning industry. Researchers found that frequent users of tanning beds are up to three times more likely to develop melanoma. It doesn't matter how old they were when they started either.

But the tanning industry has another theory: The U of M study is worthless because they focused on Minnesotans, made up of "northern European stock." And you know how freaking pale-white we all are. Translucent even! We should have known we were bound to get skin cancer anyway.

Quick question: Isn't indoor tanning targeting pale-white ladies who crave that sun-bronzed look others have naturally? Interesting.

Researchers looked at 2,000 Minnesotans and analyzed their tanning history and any development of skin cancer. They surveyed 1,167 Minnesotans diagnosed with melanoma (ages 25 to 59) and 1,101 who were free of skin cancer. About 63 percent of people with skin cancer had used tanning beds at some point. That's compared to 51 percent of cancer-free Minnesotans who used tanning beds. Experts are calling this study the best link between indoor tanning and melanoma.

Serious tanning bed users (more than 50 hours, more than 100 sessions, or at least 10 years) were 3 times more likely to get cancer.

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