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Too Many Teen Girls Use Tanning Salons, Despite Cancer Risk

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that nearly a third of all white teen girls visit tanning salons, despite warnings that tanning increases their risk of a lethal form of skin cancer (as well as wrinkles). In fact, the study revealed that more than 15 percent of girls use tanning beds ten times or more a year.

Here’s more from Today Health:

“We need to encourage young women to embrace their natural, untanned skin colors,” says Gery Guy of the CDC’s division of cancer control, who led the research.

Guy’s team looked at surveys of high school students and young adults from 2010 and 2011, which cover tens of thousands of people interviewed in depth.

“Among non-Hispanic white female high school students, 29.3 percent engaged in indoor tanning and 16.7 percent engaged in frequent indoor tanning during the previous 12 months,” they wrote. “Among non-Hispanic white women aged 18-34 years, 24.9 percent engaged in indoor tanning and 15.1 percent engaged in frequent indoor tanning during the previous 12 months.”

That’s even though people who use indoor tanning treatments raise their risk of melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer—by 59 to 75 percent. People who use tanning booths or lights before they are 25 raise the risk by as much as 100 percent.

“This widespread use is of great concern given the elevated risk of skin cancer among younger users and frequent users,” Guy’s team wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Melanoma kills more than 9,000 Americans a year.

Image: Girl’s legs in tanning bed, via Shutterstock

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Task Force: Appeal to Teen Vanity to Reduce UV Ray Exposure

Friday, November 11th, 2011

The sun’s rays can be dangerous, raising the risk of skin cancers, which is the most common form of cancer in the U.S.  A new report from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends that parents, doctors, and media appeal to teenagers’ sense of vanity to convince them to avoid tanning beds, and to wear sunscreen and protective clothing. reports:

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft this week, recommending counseling for people between the ages 10 and 24 years who have fair skin about minimizing their ultraviolet radiation exposure. The group routinely makes recommendations about what sort of preventive services should be used in medical care.

The most effective method for reaching this demographic was using booklets, photographs and videos showing how the sun ages and damages skin. This approach was especially convincing for female teens, who were most likely to use indoor tanning beds.

“Appearance-focused messages were successful at reducing intent to pursue this behavior,” according to the report released by the task force.

“We’ll take what we can get,” said Dr. Virginia Moyer, the panel chair of the task force.  “From the standpoint of accomplishing the goal of decreasing UV exposure, that goal was best accomplished using appearance-based counseling.”

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