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Study Shows Cellphone Use Could Increase Risk Of Skin Cancer

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Something we use every day could increase our risk of developing skin cancer -- your cellphone. And it might not just be your cellphones.

Scientists suggest devices like tablets and laptops could indirectly increase our risk. University of New Mexico researchers say those devices can reflect ultraviolet light from the sun onto users.

In a grassy field in Albuquerque, researchers set up a mannequin wearing a meter detecting UVA and UVB rays. They set the mannequin facing a musician's sheet stand, then put different devices on the stand about 16 inches from the sensor.

A tablet increased exposer by about 85 percent and a laptop boosted exposure by 75 percent. Researchers say the way they increase exposure is similar how to those old-fashioned tanning reflectors.

An author of the research suggests people use their phones, tablets and laptops indoors and the devices themselves be redesigned to be less reflective.

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