WHO: Tanning Beds Cause Cancer

webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/news/20090728/who-tanning-beds-cause-cancer

A leading global cancer research group is declaring tanning bed use a significant cancer hazard.

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced today that it has moved UV tanning beds to its highest cancer risk category – “carcinogenic to humans.”

Prior to the move, the group had classified sun lamp and tanning bed use as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

I think this has already been fairly obvious to most people, but the reason I post this, is that the news reports will say this is on the same list as asbestos and smoking, but something many don’t know is that ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES are on the very same list. Makes you think a little bit…

Here’s the list (it doesn’t look like its been updated for tanning beds yet, though):

monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Classification/crthgr01.php

this could be very bad news for non-smokers and people who stayed away from contraceptives, but were very concerned about looking like they spent their days at the beach. :smiley:

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. For official apologetics resources please visit www.catholic.com.