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Young Women Disregard Warnings Linking Tanning To Melanoma Risk

The American Academy of Dermatology performed a study of more than 3,800 white non-Hispanic females ages 14 to 22.  They discovered 81 percent of the women “said they had tanned outdoors either frequently or occasionally in the past year.”  Tanning use increased with age, and women 18-22 years were almost twice as likely to have used indoor tanning than 14-17 year old girls.

It is disappointing to learn that 32% of young women used a tanning bed within the past year, and frightening to learn that  25% of those tanners visit a tanning bed on a weekly basis.

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