We’ll start off the nursing and healthcare news this week with a look at a new study on the negative effects of tanning beds on the skin of teens who tan in them. The study found that tanning bed’s UV lights increase the risk for developing Basal Cell Carcinoma.

Tanning Beds As Bad As Sun’s UV Rays

sunscreen_sunglasses_girl_swimsuitYou might remember from your oncology rotations that basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that this slow-growing and had previously been linked only to the sun’s UV rays. What the researchers discovered was that the younger a person was when they started using tanning beds, the greater the risk for developing this cancer later in life.

This study comes out of the Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center at Dartmouth College. What they found was that people who used tanning lamps or beds in their youth had a nearly 2 times greater risk of developing basal cell carcinoma skin cancer later in life than those who didn’t.

Counsel Tanning Teens of Dangers

What this means is that you might want to add some questions about tanning habits when you see a really tanned teen in your travels. Pediatricians, nurses who work with teens and family nurse practitioners all need to develop resources for teen patients to counsel them agains use of tanning beds and how it can affect them later in life.

Cancer’s bad enough but you can also chat with them about how tanning prematurely ages skin, creates lines and wrinkles. Each year that a kid regularly uses tanning beds in their youth adds 10 percent to their risk of developing skin cancer later in life. Take this message with you for your patients and the young people in your life.

Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Tele-ICU Nursing Care Research and Episode 304.

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