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Tanning Beds Prove Greater Risk Then Previously Believed

In a recent study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, it was found that radiation emitted from tanning beds may have more carcinogenic properties than previously believed.

British researchers have discovered that ultraviolet rays emitted by a standard tanning bed are able to deeply penetrate the user’s skin, causing potentially significant damage. In the study, participants were exposed to the ultraviolet rays (UVA1) from the tanning beds as well as to shorter wavelength ultraviolent rays (UVB). It was recorded during the study that the UVA1 rays penetrated the participant’s skin all the way to the base layer of the skin, where the rays induced lesions. The UVB rays, causing the same lesions, induced a similar effect. However, the UVB rays did not penetrate the skin as deeply.

This study concluded that indoor tanning beds increase the risk of melanoma in users. Recently, the State of California passed a law banning the use of tanning beds in children under the age of 18. The law is the most restrictive of its kind in the US, though several states have similar laws. Prior to the passing of this law, children in California, ages 14 to 18, were allowed to use tanning beds pending the written permission of a parent or legal guardian.

As a Bellingham personal injury lawyer, I’ve long seen the effects that these devices have had on users over the years. If you have developed melanoma and believe it to be from the use of an artificial tanning device offering no warning of the dangers, it may be in your best interests to speak with a personal injury lawyer.