Study Finds CFL Light Bulbs Skin Cancer Risk
A new study finds that some popular energy-saving light bulbs may emit high levels of harmful ultraviolet radiation, which can increase the risk of skin cancer.
Medical Daily reports that a study published in the journal Photochemistry and Photobiology found that human skin cells get damaged to a greater extent when exposed to the new compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) light bulb. The researchers say that CFL light bulbs, which are replacing the older incandescents, may cause melanoma, a deadly skin cancer, as well as cell aging and premature cell death.
The National Electric Manufacturers Association issued a statement acknowledging that CFL light bulbs emit a small amount of radiation, just like all other types of light bulbs. The statement said that the “level of UV radiation emitted by CFLs is acceptably low and only under unusual conditions will one be exposed to levels above those set by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH),” reports Medical Daily.
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