The Risks from Overusing Tanning Salons

January 31, 2012

The Philadelphia Inquirer

On an average day, more than a million people in this country tan in tanning salons, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Nearly 70 percent of tanning salon patrons are Caucasian girls and women primarily between the ages of 16 and 29, and of the 28 million people who tan indoors every year, 2.3 million are teenagers, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Bruce Brod, MD, clinical associate professor of Dermatology, is outraged by this. "The numbers of young women diagnosed with malignant melanoma has increased every year for the past 12 years," he says, "correlating with the proliferation of tanning salons. Women are presenting with deeper melanoma and lymph node involvement. One person dies from melanoma every hour." The World Health Organization has declared indoor tanning devices to be cancer-causing agents, in the same category as tobacco... Read More