Staten Island Pediatrician Discusses Recent Study Suggesting That Indoor Tanning In Youth May Increase Risk Of Early Skin Cancer
Indoor tanning is becoming increasingly popular with teens and young adults. Dr. Michael Gabriel, a leading Staten Island pediatrician, discusses a recent study suggesting that indoor tanning may increase the risk of early skin cancer.
BOHEMIA, N.Y., July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Dr. Michael Gabriel or GPM Pediatrics, a Staten Island pediatrics center, comments on the article, “Tanning bed use in youth may increase risk of early skin cancer” published by Medical News Today on June 24(th). The article discusses a recent study used data from the New Hampshire Skin Cancer Study, which covered 657 patients newly diagnosed with Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and 452 controls.
According to the article, Basal cell carcinoma is the most common cancer in the United States. “The cancer starts in the top layer of the skin and usually results from regular exposure to sunlight or other ultraviolet radiation (UV).” The study concludes, “early exposure to indoor tanning increases the risk of early development of BCC, and they also underscore the importance of counseling adolescents and young adults about the risks of indoor tanning.”
Dr. Michael Gabriel, of GPM Pediatrics, is concerned about the prevalence of indoor tanning among today’s youth and warns parents to follow the advice of this study.”Although indoor tanning may seem harmless, it isn’t,” he says.”Indoor tanning exposes users to stronger and more concentrated UV light then the sun does. ” Dr. Gabriel encourages parents to talk to their children about alternatives to indoor tanning. “While long exposure to sunlight is not ideal, it is a better alternative to indoor tanning as long as sunblock is being used properly.”
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