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Research Shows Melanoma Influence Factors, Treatment Possibilities

Posted: August 6, 2008

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Weinstock also noted the individual influences that were significantly associated with a higher likelihood of tanning included being female, older, or non-Hispanic white; having parents or friends who tan indoors; believing that tans are attractive; being exposed to ads; and having higher household incomes or weekly allowances.

"Teens appear to be a primary target of the indoor tanning industry, which resembles the tobacco industry in distorting science with the likely result of confusing the public about the facts," said Weinstock. "We hope these findings will demonstrate the need for tighter regulations and enforcement of this unhealthy practice."

In the interest of protecting public health, the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) opposes indoor tanning and supports a ban on the production and sale of indoor tanning equipment for non-medical purposes. In the meantime, the AADA advocates for youth access laws until the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) takes action.

For more information about skin cancer, please visit the SkinCancerNet section on www.skincarephysicians.com, a Web site developed by dermatologists that provides patients with up-to-date information on the treatment and management of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, IL, the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is one of the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 15,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, visit the Academy's Web site at www.aad.org.