A critical appraisal of the recent reports on sunbeds from the European commission's scientific committee on health, environmental and emerging risks and from the World Health Organization

J. rg Reichrath, Pelle G. Lindqvist, Frank R. de Gruijl, Stefan Pilz, Samantha M. Kimball, William B. Grant, Michael F. Holick

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The European Commission's Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks and the World Health Organization recently published reports which concluded that a large proportion of melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer is attributable to sunbed use, and that there is no need to use sunbeds as there are no health benefits and they are not needed to achieve an optimal vitamin D level. The overall conclusion from both bodies was that there is no safe limit for UV irradiance from sunbeds. We are, however, deeply concerned that these assessments appear to be based on an incomplete, unbalanced and non-criticalevaluation of the literature. Therefore, we rebut these conclusions by addressing the incomplete analysis of the adverse health effects of UV and sunbed exposure (what is 'safe'?) and the censored representation of beneficial effects, not only but especially from vitamin D production. The stance taken by both agencies is not sufficiently supported by the data and in particular, current scientific knowledge does not support the conclusion sunbed use increases melanoma risk.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1111-1120
JournalAnticancer Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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