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Too Few Teens Know the Dangers of Tanning Beds: Poll

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - May• 11•11

Tanning beds are not safer than being outdoors!!!! You should discourage your teens from indoor tanning!

“Younger tanning bed users (aged 14 to 17) were twice as likely as older users (aged 18 to 22) to incorrectly believe that tanning beds are safer than the sun (39 percent versus 15 percent), and more than three times as likely to incorrectly believe that tanning beds do not cause skin cancer (26 percent versus 8 percent), according to the results.

“Indoor tanning poses a significant health risk, especially for [white people] because of their fair skin. Studies have found that UV [ultraviolet] radiation from indoor tanning beds increases a person’s risk of developing melanoma by 75 percent,” Dr. Ronald L. Moy, president of the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA), said in an academy news release.”

Too Few Teens Know the Dangers of Tanning Beds: Poll

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