Some teen girls and young women may not need a lesson in the cancer risks of indoor tanning — they apparently already know them.
A new online survey by the American Academy of Dermatology found that most females (86%) who reported using an indoor tanning bed in the last year knew it could increase the risk of skin cancer. And 48% of the indoor tanners knew someone with skin cancer or someone who’d had it.
But to them, there are compelling cosmetic reasons to do it anyway. Most of the young women (66%), especially the indoor tanners (87%), thought people looked better with a bronzed body, according to the survey of more than 3,800 white non-Hispanic females, ages 14 to 22.
Still they tan, even though tanning can cause premature wrinkles — something that 42% of indoor tanners said they were concerned about, compared with 28% of non-indoor tanners.