Friday Not So Fun: Eco-Friendly Lightbulbs Cause Cancer

Katie Pavlich

1/4/2013 8:37:00 AM - Katie Pavlich

Great news! Those eco-friendly light bulbs that you have to buy since incandescent bulbs are now outlawed, cause cancer according to a new study.

Money saving, compact fluorescent light bulbs emit high levels of ultra violet radiation, according to a new study. Research at Long Island’s Stony Brook found that the bulbs emit rays so strong that they can actually burn skin and skin cells.

“The results were that you could actually initiate cell death,” said Marcia Simon, a Professor of Dermatology.

Exposure to the bulbs could lead to premature aging and skin cancer, according to doctors.

“It can also cause skin cancer in the deadliest for, and that’s melanoma,” said Dr. Rebecca Tung.

In every bulb that researchers tested they found that the protective coating around the light creating ‘phosphor’ was cracked, allowing dangerous ultraviolet rays to escape.