UVs and health
Ultraviolet (UV) light is part of the radiation emitted by the Sun. Although UV light is invisible to humans, the body reacts to this radiation with protective mechanisms: tanning and thickening of the skin. Here is a focus on the effects of UV radiation and on the Agency’s work in this area.
Overexposure to natural and/or artificial ultraviolet radiation is a major risk factor in the development of skin cancer. Given the increase in both skin melanomas and the popularity of artificial tanning booths, the Agency has led or participated in several projects on these issues. We offer an overview of the subject and some misconceptions on artificial tanning.
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