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Today is Melanoma Monday; New Survey Results Releases on Indoor Tanning Trends

Posted: May 2, 2011

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Although spray tans are considered a safe alternative to UV exposure from the sun and indoor tanning beds, the majority of respondents (86%) indicated that they never received a spray tan in the past year.

“Exposure to UV radiation is the leading risk factor for skin cancer, yet – despite this knowledge – droves of teens and young women are flocking to tanning bed facilities and beaches or pools to tan every year,” says Moy. “The challenge is that teens have access to indoor tanning salons on almost every corner. A recent survey of 116 U.S. cities found an average of 42 tanning salons per city, which means tanning salons are more prevalent than Starbucks or McDonald’s. We are very concerned that this tanning behavior will lead to a continued increase in the incidence of skin cancer in young people and, ultimately, more untimely deaths from this devastating disease.”

At current rates, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Approximately 75% of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma, and the incidence of melanoma has been rising for at least 30 years – particularly among young, white women in most recent years.

Monday, May 2, is Melanoma Monday and the official launch of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month as designated by the Academy. Visit to find out how to perform a skin self-exam, download a body mole map or find free skin cancer screenings in your area.