Research suggests tanning may reduce risk of mesothelioma, other diseases

11 Jan 2018 by under Research/Treatment

Tanning bed November 2008 100x100 Research suggests tanning may reduce risk of mesothelioma, other diseasesMesothelioma and tanning beds are probably not two words that often end up in the same sentence. But new research is suggesting a connection between using tanning beds to increase vitamin D levels in hopes of improving mesothelioma patient outcomes.

Italian researchers are controversially proposing tanning bed use might reduce the risk of cancers like mesothelioma, despite being linked to an increased risk of skin cancer, according to Surviving Mesothelioma. “Its favorable effects on vitamin D status may bear some underestimated and currently unexplored health benefits,” the study states.

Other research has also documented the relationship between high vitamin D levels and a decreased risk of developing certain types of cancers, including lung cancer, which is closely related to mesothelioma, according to the news source. Tanning beds can increase vitamin D levels almost two-fold and could decrease the risk of developing other diseases as well. Swedish research from 2014 suggests low vitamin D levels contribute to “all-cause mortality.” In the study the mortality rate of sun avoiders was two times higher than the sun-exposed group.

Of course,  researchers are by no means advocating that mesothelioma patients spend all their time tanning. Not enough evidence exists to determine tanning beds’ true benefits, evidenced by the author of the Italian study referring to tanning beds as “Gianus Bifrons,” the name of a two-headed Greek mythological creature. Research is supporting the need for further research into the idea, but the best way to reduce your risk of dying from mesothelioma continues to be avoiding asbestos exposure.

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