Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found melanoma rates among young women are eight-times higher than they were 40 years ago. Though the study didn't look at what caused the melanoma, researchers suggested indoor tanning as the main factor.
Citing a University of Minnesota study that found a strong correlation between tanning-device use and melanoma, the Mayo Clinic researchers said they are sure that ultra-violet radiation is linked to cancer in a big way, especially tanning bed exposure.
In 2010, researchers at the U of M's School of Public Health and Masonic Cancer Center found that people who use any type of tanning bed for any amount of time are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma.
"We found that it didn't matter the type of tanning device used; there was no safe tanning device," said DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., at the time of her study's release. "We also found - and this is new data - that the risk of getting melanoma is associated more with how much a person tans and not the age at which a person starts using tanning devices. Risk rises with frequency of use, regardless of age, gender, or device,"
Click here to see an interview with Dr. Lazovich.