Tanning not safe in any form

September 18, 2008 2:18:19 PM PDT
It's being put out there again: there is no such thing as a safe tan.A new study finds ultraviolet rays, no matter where you get them from, cause skin cancer.

The purported health benefits of UV rays such as vitamin D production are overstated.

That's the finding of three papers published in the October issue of Pigment Cell and Melanoma Research.

Authors say there is a lot of money to be made and the tanning industry has been successful selling tanning as a safe alternative to outdoor sun. They add skin cancer is the most common malignancy in the United States, with one in five people developing some type of skin cancer during their lifetime.