Some 28 million Americans tan indoors each year

The Huffington Post reported, “A new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) reveals that 50 percent of young adults ages 18 through 29 say they’ve had at least one sunburn in the past year.”

But not all burns come from outdoor tanning. “The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that some 28 million Americans tan indoors each year, and the age of frequent users is getting younger and younger. A study also conducted by the CDC and NCI found that nearly a third of white women ages 18 to 21 regularly use tanning beds, averaging about 28 visits in 2010.”

HealthDay reported that a “nationwide online survey conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology found that 58 percent of respondents aged 18 to 29 believe people look more attractive with a tan, and 71 percent agreed with the statement: ‘Sun exposure is good for your health.'”

Just “in the past year, about 40 percent of respondents in that age group tried to get a tan by using a tanning bed, spending time in the sun, using a self-tanner, or getting a spray tan. The survey also found that one-quarter of respondents aged 18 to 29 were unsure if sun exposure can cause wrinkles.”

Meanwhile, the Miami Herald reports that “people who use indoor tanning beds at a younger age have a 75 percent increased chance for melanoma and a 69 percent higher chance of early onset basal cell carcinoma than those who never use them, according to studies published in the International Journal of Cancer and the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.”

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