Health promotion: risk of indoor tanning and early onset basal cell carcinoma

posted 29 Jul 2014, 13:36 by Damian Wood   [ updated 29 Jul 2014, 13:36 ]
In the July edition of Pediatrics Margaret R. Karagas and colleagues report a case control study of over 657 cases of early onset basal cell carcinoma (<50yrs of age) and their results suggest early-onset BCC is associated with indoor tanning, with an adjusted odds ratio (OR) of 1.6 (95% confidence interval, 1.3–2.1) with the strongest association was observed for first exposure as an adolescent or young adult, with a 10% increase in the OR with each age younger at first exposure (OR per year of age ≤23 = 1.1; 95% confidence interval, 1.0–1.2). Associations were present for each type of device examined (ie, sunlamps, tanning beds, and tanning booths). They conclude that early exposure to indoor tanning increases the risk of early development of BCC and emphasise the importance of counselling parents, adolescents and young adults about the risks of indoor tanning.