Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up


We will be discontinuing this community as of April 1, 2014. We value and appreciate your participation in this community and hope that you will continue to post your questions in the WebMD Cancer Community.
More Reasons to Avoid Tanning Beds
Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff posted:
We know that indoor tanning has been linked to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Now a new study suggests it may also raise the risk of more common skin cancers - basal and squamous cell cancers.

Indoor Tanning Beds Linked to Common Skin Cancers

  • Those of you who have basal or squamous cell - What do you think about the last paragraph of the article?
  • Do you think indoor tanning should be banned?
  • Are you an indoor tanner? Do you think this study will change how you tan?

shortstop31005 responded:
I had melanoma and i know mine was linked to tanning beds over the yrs i had my own bed, I had melanoma on the bottom of my left foot ,the surgeon got it all, I have to keep having body checks .had a spot also on my right ft but that one turned out to be begin , the drs and pathloists could not believe that i had cancer on my left because it did not look like melanoma but it was,
longduckdong46 responded:
I have had both, but were not the result of using a tanning bed because I have never used one and never will..period.
As far as tanning beds being banned. I don't believe they should be. People need to be educated on the dangers and take personal responsibility. It's just like consuming too much alcohol or smoking. Neither are banned but continued use can lead to major health problems.

Helpful Tips

Living with Cancer
From personal experience, my first year, like yours, has been difficult at times. I have been treated for prostate cancer, and I will not ... More
Was this Helpful?
13 of 23 found this helpful

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems to the
Food and Drug Administration

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.