Re: Exposure to indoor tanning without burning and melanoma risk by sunburn history

Mathieu Boniol, Jean-François Doré, Rüdiger Greinert, Sara Gandini, Jean-Pierre Cesarini, Sécurité Solaire and EUROSKIN

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Vogel et al. (1) provide another demonstration that the risk from sunbed use is not limited to skin-sensitive populations and shows increased risk even in those not having experienced sunburns in their lifetimes. It counters the argument frequently put forward by the indoor tanning industry that indoor tanning prevents sunburn and adds further evidence of the carcinogenicity of indoor tanning.

We are, however, concerned that those who consider vitamin D as a protective agent for cancer and thus defend sunbed use, might misinterpret the decline in odds ratio for increasing burns and consider that the increasing burns diminished the effect of sunbed use, hence providing “protection.”
Original languageEnglish
Article numberdjv102
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the National Cancer Institute
Issue number5
Early online date13 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015


  • Europe
  • humans
  • incidence
  • melanoma
  • risk assessment
  • risk factors
  • skin neoplasms
  • sunburn
  • ultraviolet rays


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