Scary Stat: Indoor Tanning Still Popular with Teens
It's no secret that tanning has dangerous (even fatal) side effects, but according to the latest study from the American Academy of Dermatology that doesn't seem to be phasing teen girls.
The study showed that 32 percent of respondents had used a tanning bed in the past year, and of those respondents, 25 percent used a tanning bed at least weekly. "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 dermatologist Ronald L. Moy, MD, FAAD, president of the Academy. "In fact, most young women with melanoma are developing it on their torso, which may be the result of high-risk tanning behaviors such as indoor tanning."
The craziest stat we pulled from this study? Even though respondents knew spray tans were a safe alternative to tanning, 86 percent indicted that they hadn't had one in the past year (but had gone tanning). Self-tanners are not only safer, but a lot cheaper too!
Today is Melanoma Monday and and the official launch of Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, kicking off right before beach season starts. To keep yourself safe from skin cancer, visit melanomamonday.org to find out how to perform a skin self-exam, download a body mole map, or find free skin cancer screenings in your area.