Tanning Habits

A new report sheds light on the tanning habits of teen girls and young women.

The American Academy of Dermatology survey found about a third of the 3,800 respondents had used a tanning bed in the past year, with one out of four tanning on a regular basis. All of the women in the survey were white.

A large majority of surveyed women (81%) said they had tanned outside during the past year. Researchers say melanoma rates among young women are increasing faster than males of the same age.

Previous studies show indoor tanning increases the risk of melanoma by as much as 75-percent.


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  • by ALEX Location: ENC on May 5, 2011 at 04:16 AM
    My sister had skin cancer on her forehead a couple of years ago from a tanning bed. My uncle, who worked outside for a living, had to have his outer ear removed from skin cancer. I used to go to a tanning bed a couple of times a week myself, but it really hits home when you think about what happened to my sister and uncle. Please be careful if you do go to a tanning bed or "lay out". Limit your time in the sun or the bed. By the way, my sister is doing fine and my uncle died of colon cancer. Please be careful!
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 05:37 PM
    When the cancer and leather face appear, you'll be sorry. Nowadays, prefer whiter and smarter women.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on May 4, 2011 at 03:27 PM
    Women tan, for the most part, to attract men. I wonder if men really like artifically-browned white women? Sure when they are presented in bikinis or scanty outfits. If the same women were presented in those same outfits, in their natural colouring (varying whites),wouldn't the same men still accept the women as attractive? My point being, do white women tan for themselves or to be more attractive to the opposite sex, even knowing the dangers. Personally, I tanned in my younger day, thinking it would make me more attractive to men, but I'm not sure now if it was the tan or just the natural attraction between us; much akin to , will a certain shoe or style of dress or perfume attract someone...think about it.
  • by White People Mostly on May 4, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    I have nothing against white people, but they are the ones most likely tanning themselves. Black people don't do it often...
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      by laura on May 4, 2011 at 01:27 PM in reply to White People Mostly
      Brilliant deduction, Dr. Watson.
  • by Kane on May 4, 2011 at 09:38 AM
    Can't cure stupid.
  • by Kathy on May 4, 2011 at 09:14 AM
    It's a personal choice. No different than drinking, smoking or overeating. You are not harming anyone but yourself.
  • by BJG Location: Washingotn on May 4, 2011 at 08:50 AM
    my brother died from Melanoma in 2002 he was 41 that disease is no joke We need to take sun damage more serious.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 08:46 AM
    Its sick, you go to the schools and see all those teens tanned, and then when they grow up the ones who had a tan look 30 years older than the rest of the kids they went to school with. No one is telling the truth here. Its not a good idea to bake in the sun people!!
  • by And wannabes on May 4, 2011 at 08:06 AM
    teen girls, young women, and older women who have self-esteem and maturity issues.
  • by Matt Ress Location: NC on May 4, 2011 at 07:08 AM
    Labbrat, that is because this article is not about crime...come on now. :-)
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