Navigation Links
Survey Shows Dangers of Tanning Not Hitting Home

TUESDAY, May 3 (HealthDay News) -- Although studies have shown that indoor tanning raises your risk of the deadly skin cancer melanoma by a staggering 75 percent, a new survey reveals that young women continue to use tanning beds at an alarming rate.

In the past year, 32 percent of the 3,800 young women questioned in the American Academy of Dermatology survey said they had visited a tanning salon. In fact, 25 percent of those who tanned admitted to soaking up ultraviolet (UV) rays from indoor beds at least once a week, on average. Moreover, 81 percent of the respondents also tanned outdoors, either frequently or occasionally.

Young women were the most at risk, according to the survey. Specifically, 18- to 22-year-olds were almost twice as likely as 14- to 17-year-olds to have use a tanning bed.

"Exposure to UV radiation is the leading risk factor for skin cancer, yet -- despite this knowledge -- droves of teens and young women are flocking to tanning bed facilities and beaches or pools to tan every year," academy president and dermatologist Dr. Ronald L. Moy said in a news release from the academy.

"The challenge is that teens have access to indoor tanning salons on almost every corner. A recent survey of 116 U.S. cities found an average of 42 tanning salons per city, which means tanning salons are more prevalent than Starbucks or McDonald's. We are very concerned that this tanning behavior will lead to a continued increase in the incidence of skin cancer in young people and, ultimately, more untimely deaths from this devastating disease," Moy added.

Melanoma rates have been increasing for the past three decades, particularly among young, white women, the academy noted. If trends continue, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. The disturbing numbers prompted the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization's International Agency of Research on Cancer panel to declare UV radiation from both the sun and artificial light sources as a known carcinogen.

"Our survey underscores the importance of educating young women about the very real risks of tanning, as melanoma -- the deadliest form of skin cancer -- is increasing faster in females 15 to 29 years old than in males of the same age group," said Moy. "In my practice, I have had patients -- young women with a history of using tanning beds -- who have died from melanoma."

More information

The Skin Cancer Foundation has more on the dangers of tanning.

-- Mary Beth Dallas

SOURCE: American Academy of Dermatology, news release, May 2, 2011

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Many Americans Ill-Informed About Red Wine, Sea Salt: Survey
2. New ACE survey shows people with type 2 diabetes experience low blood sugar during typical daily activities
3. Best Places to Live With Autism All in Major Metro Areas: Survey
4. Hookah Use Common Among College Students, Survey Finds
5. New survey: 72 percent of Americans think health-care system needs major overhaul
6. A national survey: The value of otolaryngologists services in America
7. Europe-wide survey reveals priorities for end-of-life care
8. New health insurance survey: 9 million adults joined ranks of uninsured due to job loss in 2010
9. U.S. Unprepared for Major Radiation Emergency: Survey
10. Hearing loss rate in older adults climbs to more than 60 percent in national survey
11. College Kids Often Feel Guilty About Texting in Class: Survey
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Survey Shows Dangers of Tanning Not Hitting Home
(Date:11/24/2015)... , ... November 24, 2015 , ... Autism Speaks, the ... global movement driven by social media and the generosity of people around the world. ... their social media networks to give – and share the personal stories behind those ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... 24, 2015 , ... World Patent Marketing , a ... invention that revolutionizes the vending machine industry by providing healthy and fresh smoothies ... billion," says Scott Cooper, CEO and Creative Director of World Patent Marketing. "Shakes ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... Nashville, Tennessee (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... 2015-2016 Pharmacy Quality Trend Report . Throughout the past year there have been multiple ... more mature state. During this transition, PharmMD has enabled their customers and partners to ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... Dehydration, defined ... much body water to perspiration in the hot sun, and heat stroke and death ... water advocate and radio host Sharon Kleyne. Every cell, system and structure requires water ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... “I am so thrilled, as a newbie here, to leave a ... won a $7,500 School Lounge Makeover® from California Casualty . Stephanie is in her ... has a much longer tenure. , “This is such an amazing school and we deserve ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... The uptake of recently approved and pipeline premium products for Type 1 ... 2021, says GBI Research . --> ... Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM), will be a key driver of market growth to ... The uptake of recently approved and pipeline premium products for Type ... to 2021, says GBI Research . ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... PAUL, Minn. , Nov. 24, 2015  Enova ... with Novocam of Helsinki, Finland ... Both companies are at the cutting edge of medical ... Headlights in the United States ... dental cameras. Together, they provide the world,s most powerful ...
(Date:11/24/2015)...  BioPlast Manufacturing, a manufacturer of plastic components ... and biotech environments, announced today that it has ... dishes. This acquisition is aligned with BioPlast Manufacturing,s ... that are designed and tested by scientists for ... Bristol, Pennsylvania injection ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: