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Posts for tag: indoor tanning

By Peter Accetta, M.D.
March 14, 2014
Category: Skin Cancer
Tags: indoor tanning  

Facts about Indoor Tanning

  • Was first introduced in the United States in 1979
  • An estimated 50,000 indoor tanning centers in the U.S. generate over 5 billion dollars in annual revenue
  • Ten percent of Americans tan indoors and most of them are young white women
  • Users of indoor tanning do so because they believe they look healthier and feel better with a tan, no because they lack knowledge about the dangers
  • Indoor tanning has a positive association with alcohol, tobacco, recreational drug use and eating disorders
  • Young men who tan are more likely to have anxiety and obsessive-compulsive symptoms
  • The World Health Organization has designated tanning devices as known carcinogens, however the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies them as Class 1 medical devices the same as bandages and tongue depressors as reported in the March issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

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