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5 beauty treatments that could turn deadly

By: Laura Moss on Feb. 14, 2012, 6:26 p.m.
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Tanning

It's ironic that people climb into tanning beds to get a healthy glow when cancer experts have deemed the devices as deadly as mustard gas and arsenic. In fact, an analysis of 20 studies concluded in 2009 that the risk of skin cancer increases by 75 percent when people start using tanning beds before age 30. According to the National Cancer Institute, female tanning bed users are 55 percent more likely to develop malignant melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer.