Doctors Blame Indoor Tanning for Skin Cancer Hike

May 20, 2010

Penn Current & ABC6

A story on 6ABC notes that a rising number of skin cancers aren't coming from sun exposure but from indoor tanning. Penn Dermatology patient Lois Vespe says she's learned her lesson about tanning the hard way. Christopher Miller, MD, assistant professor of Dermatology and director of Dermatologic Surgery, says that the number of skin cancer cases is rising dramatically, especially among young women. "If someone has used a tanning bed before the age of 30, they have a 75 percent increased risk of getting skin cancer." The segment and an article in the Penn Current both note that Penn Dermatology is having a FREE skin cancer screening this Saturday, May 22nd from 8am - 12pm at the Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced medicine. Call 215-662-2737 to make an appointment and for more information... read more