Tanning Beds May Increase Risk of Melanoma
There has been a dramatic rise of melanoma since the 1970’s that may be due to the increase in the use of tanning beds.
Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the U.S. It affects more than 1 million people each year. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. According to a new study, people under 40 are 6 times more likely to develop melanoma. The researchers say that this statistic hits women the hardest because they make up the majority of those that use tanning beds.
There has been a dramatic rise of melanoma since the 1970’s that may be due to the increase in the use of tanning beds. In 2009 more than 61,000 Americans were diagnosed with melanoma, more than 9,000 died from the disease. In Minnesota, for instance, the state’s melanoma rate has risen 38% for women between 2005 and 2009. Nearly 1,400 people were diagnosed with melanoma in 2009, which was three times more than those diagnosed in 1988.
How To Prevent Melanoma
The best way to reduce the risk of melanoma, researchers suggest, is to avoid exposure to ultraviolet radiation such as tanning beds or the sun. There are several factors that make the risk higher:
- Having a fair complexion
- Exposure to tanning beds over a long period of time
- Having several large or many small moles
- A family history of melanoma
St. Louis Tanning Bed Melanoma
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with melanoma and have a history of tanning bed exposure, you may qualify to file a lawsuit. You may be able to claim compensation for your injuries, medical bills, cost of treatments, and lost wages as a result.
Call the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm today at (314) 588-7200 for a free and private consultation.
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