August 22, 2012
A major European study by the International Prevention Research Institute in France recently found extremely high rates of melanoma in young users of indoor tanning beds. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is strongly correlated with exposure to UV light.
A number of studies conducted in northern European nations all concluded that increased UV exposure through indoor tanning beds is directly responsible for increased melanoma rates. Researchers warned health officials of the dangers of tanning bed use for future generations and encouraged tough protocols for the tanning bed industry. Some countries have used this information to enforce bans on tanning beds while others have tightened industry regulations to prevent unhealthy tanning practices.