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Posted: January 3, 2011
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When asked in an open-response format about ways to prevent skin cancer, the most commonly suggested method by both women and men was wearing sunscreen, followed by avoiding the sun and wearing a hat. Only 13.3% of women and 4.2% of men suggested avoiding tanning bed use. In addition, 5.8% of women and 5.6% of men reported that they should be evaluated for skin cancer.
"It is concerning that only a small proportion of adults reported avoidance of indoor tanning bed use to prevent skin cancer," the authors write. "Perhaps people are confused by the messages from the indoor tanning industry on possible benefits of indoor tanning, e.g. getting vitamin D from moderate exposure to artificial UV radiation. This possibility is also suggested by the fact that women and men who suggested sunscreen use as a method to reduce their skin cancer risk were more likely to have tanned indoors."
"Strategies such as clinician-patient communication and media campaigns that focus on strategically disseminating the harms of indoor tanning to the adult population may be needed to reduce the prevalence of indoor tanning among adults in the United States," they conclude.
Story Source: The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by JAMA and Archives Journals.
1. Kelvin Choi; DeAnn Lazovich; Brian Southwell; Jean Forster; Sharon J. Rolnick; Jody Jackson. Prevalence and Characteristics of Indoor Tanning Use Among Men and Women in the United States. Arch Dermatol, 2010; 146 (12): 1356-1361 DOI: 10.1001/archdermatol.2010.355