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A comparison of the damage from UV emitted by Solaria and sunlight

Zhang, Jiachen (2018) A comparison of the damage from UV emitted by Solaria and sunlight. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Ultraviolet (UV) rays play an important role in the formation of Vitamin D. However, exposure to UV for long duration can cause negative health effects on people, such as sunburn and skin cancer. The sun is not the only source of UV, Solaria, like tanning bed and tanning lamp, also emit UV rays. People using solaria do not necessarily recognize that their skin might be damaged by the UV emissions. This essay describes the benefits and shortcomings of UV rays and then, undertakes a literature review to compare the carcinogenic effects of UV from Solaria and sunlight leading to non-melanoma cancer, including squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC). The findings are that the odds of getting BCC when exposed to sunlight for longer than 14 hours are close to the odds for typical solaria users, but the odds of getting SCC when exposed to sunlight for longer than 14 hours is higher than typical solaria users. Finally, appropriate strategies are suggested for prevention of UV injury. The target readers are people at risk of UV injury leading to skin diseases, such as those who might work outside and those who are interested in using solaria. The public health importance of knowing effects induced by UV and prevention ways is to help people avoid the potential damage from them.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Zhang, Jiachenjiz143@pitt.edujiz143
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPeterson, Jamesjimmyp@pitt.edujimmypUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberSwanson, Ericswansone@pitt.eduswansoneUNSPECIFIED
Date: 26 April 2018
Date Type: Submission
Number of Pages: 30
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2019 21:16
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2019 21:16


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