"Thirty-five percent of American adults, 59 percent of college students, and 17 percent of teens have reported using a tanning bed in their lifetime."
There is no such thing as a safe tan. One of the most dangerous forms of tanning is indoor tanning. In 2010, the indoor tanning industry's revenue was estimated to be $2.6 billion. So, there's no denying the fact that this type of tanning is very common amongst men and women today – especially those in their adolescent years.
Did you know every time you tan you increase your risk of developing skin cancer? Here are some quick facts to make you (or someone you know) re-think this deadly obsession:
- Out of the 28 million people who tan indoors, 2.3 million are teens.
- Melanoma rates have increased in the last three decades. About 76,100 US adults will be diagnosed with this type of cancer in 2014. About 9,710 are expected to die from the disease.
- 41 states restrict indoor tanning for minors.
- 58% of adolescent tanning bed users have burns due to constant exposure.
- Using a tanning bed for 20 minutes is equivalent to spending one to three hours a day at the beach with no sun protection at all.
Stay away from tanning beds this fall and embrace your natural skin!
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2. "Skin Cancer Foundation." Skin Cancer Facts. http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts
3. "Indoor Tanning Restrictions for Minors - A State-by-State Comparison." State Tanning Laws and Indoor Tanning Restrictions. http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/indoor-tanning-restrictions.aspx
4. Indoor tanning." American Academy of Dermatology. http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/prevention-and-care/indoor-tanning
5. "Tanning and Melanoma Facts" Melanoma Foundation of New England. http://mfne.org/learn-about-melanoma/tanning-and-melanoma-facts