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A study tried to find the link between Melanoma and indoor tanning to prove that it is strong after all. The scientists found that among 1,167 cases and 1,101 controls, 62.9% of cases and 51.1% of the controls had tanned indoors and the risk of melanoma increased through the years. It also claims that no matter what the age, your risk of melanoma is higher if you tan indoors.
This case has a good sample size, but the information was gathered through surveys and phone calls. Not only does this mean there could be bias in the answers given, it’s also not a very reliable way to collect information. There is always the possibility of chance, and the researchers didn’t get a full background report on all of the people involved in the study which makes it hard to tell if the person involved had a history of higher melanoma risk in their family. The study is observational and not experimental which isn’t as reliable in this case and correlation doesn’t always mean causation.
Even though this particular study is weak, there have been other studies conducted on the same topic as well.
This study also looks at the link between melanoma and indoor tanning. I believe that with all of the studies conducted, there is enough information to believe that there is a link between the two and it is harmful to people that tan indoors.
“Result Filters.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20507845>.
“Result Filters.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20669232>.