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Indoor Tanning, Melanoma Definitively Linked

Posted: June 4, 2010

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What the study does provide is proof that individuals must be skin typed prior to indoor tanning (or receiving outdoor UV exposure, as well). This is something that the Joint Canadian Tanning Association takes very seriously and we have recently developed a new Web site – www.skintype.ca to help people determine their skin type and tan in a safer manner.

If you go to the Lazovich study and review the physical traits of the study group you will find the following OR (odds ratios) reported:

Moles: Many – 13.81 OR; Some – 6.35; Few – 2.76

Skin Color: Very Fair – 5.50; Fair – 3.63; Light Olive – 1.95

Natural Hair Color: Red – 3.53; Blonde - 2.17; Light Brown – 1.22