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New Study Shows Signs of Tanning Depedence in College Students

Posted: September 5, 2008

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Interestingly, sun tanning appeared to be more closely related to tanning dependence than indoor tanning, though use of indoor tanning during warm weather also signaled tanning dependence.

Finally, the researchers say that those addicted to tanning were more likely to be thin and smoke cigarettes than others, suggesting meaningful avenues for further research into possible links among risky behaviors. "Our ultimate goal is to find out more about the motivations for tanning so that we can develop interventions that would reduce tanning and hopefully skin cancer," Heckman concludes.

This study was funded by the National Cancer Institute. In addition to Heckman, other authors include Brian L. Egleston, PhD, of Fox Chase Cancer Center; Diane B. Wilson, EdD, MS, RD, of Virginia Commonwealth University; and Karen S. Ingersoll, PhD, of the University of Virginia. The authors report no disclosures.

Adapted from materials provided by Fox Chase Cancer Center, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.

ScienceDaily, September 1, 2008