Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Melanoma and Indoor Tanning

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 Despite intense consumer education regarding the dangers of indoor tanning, many folks still indulge in this health compromising activity.  According to the results of a survey by the American Academy of Dermatology, a large percentage of Caucasian teen girls and young women admitted using tanning beds or sunbathing in the last year.

In the study, an alarming 81 percent of the respondents admitted to tanning outdoors either frequently or occasionally during the last year. Thirty two percent of the respondents had used a tanning bed in the last year with one-quarter of that number admitting to weekly use.

This study seems to indicate a need for continued warning and education to this population regarding the increased risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.  This cancer is increasing in frequency  in females between the ages of 15 and 29 years old.  And, the location of the cancer corresponds to the area of greatest exposure-the torso.


"Just Say No to Indoor Tanning" Natural Awakenings Magazine

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