Gay men are prone to skin cancer because of sunbeds, researchers revealed.
Gay men, as well as bisexual ones, are more exposed to risk cancer because of their tendency of going more often to indoor tanning. They resort to this method 6 times more than usual, so the risk of getting skin cancer doubles. The study was made on approximately 200,000 adults in the US.
At the opposite side, lesbian women are less likely to use tanning beds, so their risk of getting skin cancer is halved.
Unfortunately, the activity of getting artificial tanning became a fashion and many people, especially youngsters, consider it healthy and also an essential way of becoming more attractive. This myth, however, has dangerous consequences.
“Our hope is that this finding will help increase awareness among health care providers that gay and bisexual men constitute a high-risk population for skin cancer,” claimed Dr Sarah Arron, a dermatologist.
Researchers made a comparison between the present and the past situation. Going back to 1975, they observed that 1,800 people would get skin cancer, while nowadays approximately 13,000 people suffer from this disease.
Approximately 2,000 people die annually because of skin cancer, but it is believed that almost 9 in 10 cases could be avoided by resorting to lifestyle modifications, including the keeping away from sunbeds.
Tanning beds are considered to be responsible for 1 out of 20 situations of skin cancer in the United Kingdom.
Moreover, previous studies have revealed that people who use sunbeds also have the tendency of getting more tan by also staying outdoors, thing which increases the risk on skin cancer.
The tanning beds have been considered human carcinogens by the World Health Organization.
Almost 5 million people living in the US are developing each year a kind of skin cancer. This disease can be prevented by avoiding long exposure to sun and sunbeds.
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