"Our findings suggest that teens and young adults who seek indoor tanning may be especially vulnerable to developing BCC, the most common form of skin cancer, at a young age," said professor Margaret Karagas from Norris Cotton Cancer Center in US.

The researchers collected data on 657 participants in the New Hampshire Skin Cancer Study (all under 50) who had newly diagnosed cases of BCC and 452 others.

The data they collected included the type of indoor tanning device used (sunlamps, tanning beds, or booths), and skin sensitivity to the sun and proportion of time spent outdoors in childhood.

They found that a higher percentage of patients with early-onset BCC reported indoor tanning, and this association was present for all types of indoor tanning devices.

(Agencies)

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