Reuters reports that women who used tanning salons during their youths have an increased risk for skin cancer. Researchers at Harvard Medical School followed 730,000 nurses for 20 years for the study. The data from the study associated the use of tanning beds with a higher skin cancer risk, especially basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer. Women who used tanning beds from high school to age 35 are 15 percent more likely to be diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma than non-users. A finding from the study suggests that the risk of cancer increases the earlier a person starts tanning. Women who used tanning salons at least 7 times a year in high school and college were 73 times more likely to get skin cancer then non-users.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School want the public to be warned against using tanning salons.

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