‘Toasted Skin Syndrome’ to 'Skin Cancer' From Warm Laptop
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‘Toasted Skin Syndrome’ to 'Skin Cancer' From Warm Laptop

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Oct 05, 2010 at 12:52 AM PDT
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Sunburned: Skin Cancer Exposed (Part III)

Generally, we think that laptop is very convenient and eases tasks for us. However, we should also be aware about the downside of not using laptop correctly.

Having a warm laptop against your legs or any exposed skin will lead to blotchy and discolored skin.

To avoid this, keep the heated surface of the laptop against one’s skin for extended periods of time. If not, an individual could have a ‘toasted skin syndrome.’

This is a condition caused by long-term heat exposure, reports the Associated Press.

While laptop computers (similar to heating pads or hot water bottles) rarely get hot enough to cause burns, the syndrome can cause the skin to darken and can, in rare cases, lead to skin cancers, said the Swiss researchers, Drs. Andreas Arnold and Peter Itin from University Hospital Basel.

Researchers did not give any skin cancer cases linked to laptop use, however, they are suggesting to use a ‘heat shield’ under the computer if you work with it on your lap.

Meanwhile, laptop manufacturers are fully aware of the damage that could be attained from long exposure. Apple, Hewlett Packard and Dell has placed their warning in user manuals against placing laptops on exposed skin.

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ken_nic2009 is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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