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The study looked at helping redheads to tan and protect them from the sun. But the redheads were mice, not humans. from www.shutterstock.com

Research Check: can a new drug really protect redheads from cancer?

A US study into whether a new drug can give us a tan without going into the sun generated headlines around the world. Here's what the study really says.
A ‘melanotanner’ monitors progress in selfie photos. But what effect might this fad have on years of anti-tan messages? Forthcoming research by S. Raymond

Is this injectable tanning drug safe to use?

Melanotan helps to accelerate the production of melanin, the pigment that absorbs ultraviolet radiation and gives skin its colour.
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.
Sunbeds session pose a significant risk of developing melanomas that is completely avoidable. Froztbyte/Wikimedia Commons

Not a sunny outlook: tighter sunbed regulation is long overdue

Before she died in September 2007 of melanoma attributed to solarium tanning sessions, 26-year-old Clare Oliver waged a public campaign from her hospital bed to raise awareness of the risks of using sunbeds…

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