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Using a tanning bed once or more per month associated with 90% greater mortality in women over 15 yr
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Women who used a solarium (a tanning bed to get an artificial tan) once or more per month during 20 or 30 years between the ages of 10 to 39 years-old had a 90% increased risk of all-cause mortality (1.9 times greater risk) during a 14.9 year follow-up compared with women with no solarium use according to a 2011 study from Sweden.
Adjusted for education, smoking, alcohol drinking, BMI and physical activity
They adjusted for education, smoking, alcohol drinking, body mass index (BMI), and physical activity.
Subjects: 38,472 women aged 30 to 49 years of age followed for an average of 15 years
The study, called the Swedish Women’s Lifestyle and Health cohort study, which had women fill out an extensive questionnaire in 1991-1992, followed 38,472 women aged 30 to 49 years of age for an average of 15 years through 2006.
Conclusion: Natural sun exposure during sunbathing vacations was associated with a reduced overall mortality and CVD mortality
“In conclusion, in this large prospective study of Swedish women, natural sun exposure during sunbathing vacations was associated with a [30%] reduced overall mortality and CVD mortality, whereas artificial UV exposure (by solarium use) was associated with an increased overall mortality and cancer mortality,” the authors of the paper concluded.
Yang L, Lof M, Veierod MB, Sandin S, Adami HO, and Weiderpass E. Ultraviolet exposure and mortality among women in Sweden. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 2011 Apr; 20(4): 683-690.
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