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The World Health Organization classifies UV radiation as a group 1 carcinogen and deems the use of tanning devices that emit UV radiation a risk factor for melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.1 Nonetheless, about 1 in 5 adolescents have used a UV tanning bed in their lifetime.2
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