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A major European study recently combined the results of 27 other studies over the last 30 years in Europe looking at the relationship between tanning and melanoma. They confirmed several things that we suspected were true: Any use of indoor tanning is associated with a 20% higher risk of melanoma Tanning before the age of 35 doubles that risk But, they also found some very interesting new facts: Each exposure to a tanning bed is associated with a 1.8% increased risk of melanoma. The risk of melanoma continues to rise, particularly among young women About 500 people in the European Community countries where the study was done...

Q:  I've actively tanned for the last 11 years.  What are my chances of getting skin cancer now?  What's the chance of me getting skin cancer because I've been naturally tanning since I was 6.  I am 17 now?  What can I do to lower my future risk?  Is it too late??? A:  Intentional tanning will have certainly increased your risk, but its very difficult to put a number on it. You can't change the past, but you can exert control over your future.  So, what you want to do now is to make that behavior part of the past and take...

Q: Read study done in Germany that links fathers to sons gene related to melanoma genesis in families. Any more research done on it yet? Reader from Vancouver, WA A: Many studies have shown a genetic link, and some of the responsible genes are known (and can be tested for), but these mutations are only responsible for a small number of melanomas. In 90% of melanomas, the genetic changes leading to cancer are somatic mutations, meaning that they were not inherited and developed from scratch in the affected person. Here is where it gets interesting: Exposure to ultraviolet light will generate many of these mutations. ...

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