Non-Ionizing Radiation around Tanning Beds

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Bahriye Sirav
Nesrin Seyhan


Objective: Use of artificial tanning devices that emit UV radiation, such as tanning lamps and tanning beds, has become increasingly popular in the world. A tanning bed is a device emitting ultraviolet radiation used to produce a cosmetic tan. A number of studies have been conducted evaluating the risk of cutaneous malignant melanoma after exposure to sunlamps and/or sunbeds. Although an excess risk of nonmelanoma skin cancers might be predicted from this exposure, little epidemiologic data exist.

Material and Methods: In this study the leakage electromagnetic fields around artificial tanning devices were measured in Sun Club Beauty Salon and Solarium in Ankara, Turkey and evaluated in terms of standards.

Results: It has been observed that operators exposed to low ELF and RF fields with respect to general public and occupational exposure limits. However, global health experts have moved use of sunbeds and exposure to ultraviolet radiation (including sun exposure) to the highest risk category for causing cancer.

Conclusion: They now join agents such as tobacco, asbestos and benzene in being classed as "carcinogenic to humans" whereas before they were classed as "probably carcinogenic". Precautions should therefore be taken to minimise the exposed fields.


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Sirav, B. ., & Seyhan, N. . (2015). Non-Ionizing Radiation around Tanning Beds. Natural Science and Discovery, 1(3), 68–73. Retrieved from
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