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Time to Get Off the Tanning Bed

Tanning salons everywhere might want to start broadening their business horizons, as cancer experts have just put tanning beds in the same category as arsenic and mustard gas when it comes to the whole probably-will-kill-you factor.

AP via Google News:

A new analysis of about 20 studies concludes the risk of skin cancer jumps by 75 percent when people start using tanning beds before age 30. Experts also found that all types of ultraviolet radiation caused worrying mutations in mice, proof the radiation is carcinogenic. Previously, only one type of ultraviolet radiation was thought to be lethal.

The new classification means tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation are definite causes of cancer, alongside tobacco, the hepatitis B virus and chimney sweeping, among others.

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