Study argues there is a lack of evidence to connect sunbeds and melanoma

27 Jan 2020

A study conducted by Reichrath et al, and published in Anticancer Research, has suggested that there is no evidence to demonstrate a relationship between moderate solarium use and melanoma.

The study comes in response to recent demand for the debate to be closed. The analysis suggests that cohort and case control studies published to date, including recent investigations, do not prove causality, and randomised controlled trials providing proof are lacking. The findings were a result of a systematic literature search, identifying publications investigating the topic throughout June 2019. 

Consultant dermatologist, Dr Susan Mayou, said, “This publication seriously challenges conventional wisdom... until we have conclusive evidence to the contrary, I would still advise my patients to limit exposure to both natural UV light and sunbeds to avoid both skin cancer and photoageing.

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