From the Tanning Bed to the Hospital Bed


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

People who use tanning beds raise their risk of skin cancer, including deadly melanoma. But some people don’t have to wait to get hurt from a tanning bed. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researcher Gery Guy looked at national data on hospital emergency department visits from 2003 to 2012:

“Over 3,200 people reported to emergency departments each year because of acute injuries from indoor tanning – mostly skin burns.”

Guy says some people who were burned had fallen asleep while the U-V light stayed on – something timers are supposed to prevent. Other injuries included eye burns, fainting, and broken limbs.

Guy says the burns also raise the risk of skin cancer even more.

The study was in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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