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International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified UV-emitting tanning devices as a Group I carcinogen – the most dangerous cancer-causing substances. Tanning bed via www.shutterstock.com.

Think indoor tanning is a safer alternative to sitting in the sun? Think again

Researchers have estimated that 8% of the five million cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year in the US can be attributed to indoor tanning.
Sun exposure that doesn’t result in burning may still damage the skin cells. Rain/Flickr

Sun damage and cancer: how UV radiation affects our skin

Around 30 Australians are diagnosed with melanoma every day and more than 1,200 die from the disease each year. While small amounts of ultraviolet (UV) radiation are required for the production of vitamin…

Melanoma risk has genetic basis in redheads

A gene mutation responsible for red hair and pale skin is also attributed to risk of melanoma. An international study found…
It’s the sun rather than nanoparticles in sunscreen that poses the real health risk. Edson Soares

Time to dispel the fear of nanoparticles in sunscreens

The sunny season has well and truly started, as has the daily summer ritual of applying sunscreen. So now is the perfect time to consider whether “nano sunscreens”, which contain UV filtering nanoparticles…

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