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Tanning Beds Still in Favor by Young Adult White Women

indoor tanning dangersIt seems skin cancer is not a concern to many young white women in the United States--but it should be. Starting indoor tanning at a young age (before the age of 35) will increase the risk of getting melanoma by 75%. And if you start this dangerous behavior before the age of 25? Well then you've just doubled your risk of developing melanoma and other skin cancers. This news doesn't seem to affect young suntan-seekers, who are still heading to the tanning salon in droves. Indoor tanning is surprisingly still a popular choice among non-hispanic white women ages 18-34 as well as female high school students, says a new study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal. The report says that 29.3% of white high school females have gone to an indoor tanning salon at least once a year, while 16.7% visited the tanning parlor more frequently, 10 times or more during a period of 12 months. This not good news for skin cancer risk amongst this age group. Need more evidence to avoid tanning beds? The CDC lists indoor tanning as a danger to the skin and health. And the state of California has banned indoor tanning for minors. If you are one of those people that still believe indoor tanning isn't so bad for you, we suggest reading the myths and truths behind indoor tanning on the CDC's website. And also check out their other tips on skin cancer prevention.
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