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Evidence-Based Dermatology: Abstract
March 2000

Does Sunlamp Use Increase the Risk of Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma?

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(3):389-390. doi:10.1001/archderm.136.3.389

Sunlamp use and the risk of cutaneous malignant melanoma: a population-based case-control study in Connecticut, USA Chen YT, Dubrow R, Zheng T, Barnhill RL, Fine J, Berwick M Int J Epidemiol. 1998;27:758-765

The objective of this study was to evaluate whether recreational exposure to artificial UV radiation could increase the risk of cutaneous melanoma. Recreational sun exposure is widespread in the industrialized world because suntans are associated with leisure, holidays, and good health. Thus, the use of suntan salons and domestic tanning lamps has increased enormously in the last decades. Unfortunately, among the nonconstitutional risk factors, UV radiation is also considered the most important risk factor for cutaneous melanoma.

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