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More evidence of harms of sunbed use, particularly for young people

24/03/2016 at 09:51:27 | by Liz Tilton

From BMJ - 6th October 2012

 

Indoor tanning increases risk of the three most common skin cancers

 
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation, either from the sun or from artificial sources, causes skin cancer.
 
Tanning beds have emerged as a prevalent but preventable source of such exposure. Over the past two decades, acquiring a tan through exposure to artificial sources of ultraviolet radiation has become popular among fair skinned people, particularly adolescents and young adults. The use of such tanning devices has been associated with a significantly increased risk of melanoma. Two linked research papers provice further evidence of the harmful effects of indoor tanning.
 

A tax on indoor tanning would reduce demand

 
The use of indoor tanning beds has been established to be a serious risk to human health. In the European Union, Northern Ireland is the latest country to pass legislation that prohibits under 18s from using indoor tanning equipment. Although this will protect children from this risk, more needs to be done if we are to respond to the International Agency for Research on Cancer's suggestion that we need also to "discourage young adults from using indoor tanning equipment."
 
Globally, the incidence of cutaneous melanoma has increased faster than any other common cancer, with an approximate doubling of rates every 10-20 years in countries with predominantly white populations. For instance, in 2008 there were about 70,000 incidences of, and more than 14,000 deaths from, melanoma in the European Union.
 

Cutaneous melanoma attributable to sunbed use:
systematic review and meta-analysis

 
STUDY QUESTION
What is the estimated burden of melanoma resulting from sunbed use in western Europe?

SUMMARY ANSWER
Sunbed use is associated with a significant increase in the risk of melanoma, with risk increasing with number of sessions and if use starts at a young age (<35 years). the cancerous damage associated with sunbed use is substantial and accounted for about 3438 cases annually.
 
WHAT IS KNOWN AND WHAT THIS PAPER ADDS
Previous studies reported an increased risk of cutaneous melanoma associated with sunbed use but no consistent close-response relation. This meta-analysis confirms a doubling of the risk of melanoma when first sunbed use takes place at a younge age, and there was evidence of a close-response relation between amount of sunbed use and risk of melanoma. In Europe an estimated 3438 new cases of melanoma each year are associated with sunbed use.
 

Indoor tanning and non-melanoma skin cancer:
systematic review and meta-analysis

 
STUDY QUESTION 
What is the association between indoor tanning and non-melanoma skin cancer?
 
SUMMARY ANSWER
People who reported ever using a tanning bed had a 67% higher risk of squamous cell carcinoma and a 29% higher risk of basal cell carcinoma.
 
WHAT IS KNOWN AND WHAT THIS PAPER ADDS
Indoor tanning is a known carcinogen for malignant melanoma. Indoor tanning is also associated with non-melanoma skin cancer, especially when exposure occurs early in life.
 



New Triple Firming Neck Cream from Neostrata

01/02/2016 at 16:20:18 | by Dr Alison Duncan
Neostrata Triple Firming Neck Cream from the Skin Active range has won the award for Best Product from Aesthetic Awards 2015. It is formulated to synergistically help reverse visible signs of aging in the neck and décolletage,for skin that is firmer, more lifted and younger looking.'Triple' refers to 3 clinically proven matrix building ingredients, each with a unique action to deliver optimal lifting and firming. Pro-amino acid helps stimulate pro-collagen production in the skin's deeper layers, while Neocitrate helps promote new collagen and Neoglucosamine helps build the surrounding matrix. All these active ingredients help to plump, build volume and firm sagging skin.
Neoglucosamine is also a gentle exfoliant that helps to reduce the appearance of uneven pigment and age spots that often appear on the décolletage.
Plant stem cells are where it's at in skin science, currently, and this product includes Apple Stem Cell extract to help protect the longevity of the skin's essential cells, helping your skin to behave like younger skin. 
I personally use this product on my neck and décolleté, and am not averse to using it on my elbows and upper arms! I use it twice a day, and do not get any irritation, as I did with very potent retinol products which I could tolerate on my face. I also wanted a more pluming effect for my neck, and this does the job, in a creamy but not heavy formulation.
i would highly recommend this product.
 
Alison xx 
 
 



Top 50 Most Asked Beauty Questions - No. 41

31/10/2012 at 11:45:09 | by Liz Tilton
41. SUN 

I AM VERY FAIR AND ALWAYS BURN IN THE SUN, EVEN WITH A SUNSCREEN. HOW DO I GET A TANNED LOOK WITHOUT USING A SUNBED OR GETTING A SPRAY-ON TAN?
 
Easy - fake it! You can create a sunny look with a self-tanning lotion. It's easy, quick and safe. Make sure you exfoliate before applying the cream, so you get more even, longer-lasting results. Self-tanners can also help to disguise stretchmarks and the dimpling caused by cellulite - and a bronzed body always looks slimmer!



Top 50 Most Asked Beauty Questions - No. 40

31/10/2012 at 11:41:28 | by Liz Tilton
40. SUN 

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UVA AND UVB RAYS?
 
 
The A and B indicate wavelengths - UVA rays are long-wave rays and UVB are medium. Most UVB rays are screened out in the Earth's upper atmosphere before they get a chance to zap your skin, so you are more likely to be exposed to UVA rays. Both types of rays are very dangerous. UVB rays are the 'sunburn' rays that can damage the DNA structure in skin cells - they only damage the outer layers of the skin and are responsible for burning. They also have cancer-causing effects. UVA rays can penetrate to the deepest layers of the skin, causing it to age more quickly and resulting in wrinkles. It's important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that will offer you protection from both UVA and UVB rays.



Top 50 Most Asked Beauty Questions - No. 39

22/10/2012 at 17:13:26 | by Georgina Ireland
39. SUN 

WHY SHOULD I LOOK FOR A SUNSCREEN THAT CONTAINS ANTIOXIDANTS?
 
Antioxidants are the heroes of sun protection - they help to neutralise the harmful free radicals before they can attack your skin cells. This line of defence provides additional insurance in good sun-care products. Environ Sun Care RAD contains antioxidants to help minimise the damage caused by UV rays. Take the Problem Skin Nutrition Supplement (which contains anopsis, which has been shown to be a natural sunscreen) or the Basic Antioxidant Nutrition Supplement daily, especially before a sunny holiday - it will help to protect your skin. Also be sure to keep your vitamin input at the highest possible level with Environ Vitamin A & D Nutrition Supplement.



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