Carcinogen Alphabet: “U” for Ultra Violet Radiation

There is sufficient evidence of solar radiation being carcinogenic in humans and causing cutaneous malignant melanoma and nonmelanocytic skin cancer.

There is currently limited evidence in humans of carcinogenicity for exposure to ultra violet ration from sunlamps and sunbeds.

Solar radiation is carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). Ultraviolet A radiation is probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A). Ultraviolet B radiation is probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A). Ultraviolet C radiation is probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A). Use of sunlamps and sunbeds entails exposures that are probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A). Exposure to fluorescent lighting is not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity ta humans (Group 3).

In support of the “No Time to Lose” Campaign the SEL Group will be running an ABC’s of carcinogens campaign and each week we shall release details regarding a different well known carcinogen.

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