Experts: Tanning beds definitely cause cancer

Experts from the International Agency for Research on Cancer announced Wednesday that tanning beds and ultraviolet radiation cause cancer.Tanning beds had previously been categorized as

THE BRONX - Experts from the International Agency for Research on Cancer announced Wednesday that tanning beds and ultraviolet radiation cause cancer.

Tanning beds had previously been categorized as "probable carcinogens," but a new analysis of about 20 studies shows the risk for skin cancer increases 75 percent when people use tanning beds before age 30.

The new classification means tanning beds and ultraviolet radiation are definite causes of cancer, alongside tobacco, the hepatitis B virus and chimney sweeping, among others.

The American Cancer Society advises people to try bronzing or self-tanning creams instead of tanning beds.

AP wire services contributed to this article.

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