A multicentre epidemiological study on sunbed use and cutaneous melanoma in Europe.
Véronique Bataille, Mathieu Boniol, Esther De Vries, Gianluca Severi, Yvonne Brandberg, Peter Sasieni, Jack Cuzick, Alexander Eggermont, Ulrik Ringborg, André-Robert Grivegnée, Jan Willem Coebergh, Marie Christine Chignol, Jean-François Doré, Philippe Autier
Eur J Cancer | Published : 2005
A large European case-control study investigated the association between sunbed use and cutaneous melanoma in an adult population aged between 18 and 49 years. Between 1999 and 2001 sun and sunbed exposure was recorded in 597 newly diagnosed melanoma cases and 622 controls in Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Sweden and the UK. Fifty three percent of cases and 57% of controls ever used sunbeds. The overall adjusted odds ratio (OR) associated with ever sunbed use was 0.90 (95% CI: 0.71-1.14). There was a South-to-North gradient with high prevalence of sunbed exposure in Northern Europe and lower prevalence in the South (prevalence of use in France 20%, OR: 1.19 (0.68-2.07) compared to Sweden,..View full abstract