Sunburns, Indoor Tanning Still Pose Cancer Risk for Young Adults, CDC Warns


May 11, 2012

The Wall Street Journal

Just days after a federal task force urged doctors to counsel young people about the dangers of UV rays, the government is warning that roughly the same number of young adults gets sunburned as did a decade ago, and that the number of people — especially young women — getting risky indoor tans remains high.

About half of all U.S. adults aged 19-29, and 66% of whites, got at least one sunburn in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. The risk for skin cancer rises each time a person burns, and just one bad, blistering burn can raise the risk of melanoma.

Through efforts like the American Academy of Dermatologists’ “Melanoma Monday” campaign earlier this week, physicians groups, the government and cosmetics makers for years have been pushing people to mind and reduce the risks of skin cancer... Read More

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