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By Peter Accetta, MD
December 11, 2013
Category: Skin Cancer
Tags: skin cancer   wrinkles   melanoma   tanning  

Dangerous Tanning Habits Persist in Young Women

As recently reported by the Skin Cancer Foundation despite the well-established dangers of indoor tanning, young adult women continue to use tanning beds at an alarming rate.  More than 29% of female high school students, and 25% of women between 18 and 34 engaged in tanning at least once.

The bottom line; physical appearance may be more important to some young women than the long-range health effects.  A recent study advises that young adult women be made aware that tanning causes not just skin cancer, but age spots and wrinkles.

The Skin Cancer Foundation also reports that just one indoor tanning session…

●     increases the risk of melanoma by 20%
●     increases the risk of basal cell carcinoma by 29%
●     increases the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 67%

In all more than 170,000 cases of skin cancer are linked to indoor tanning each year.

Learn more about sun protection at http://www.skincancer.org/prevention

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