Attention Teens: If You Watch One Thing This Summer, It Should Be This

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

The American Academy of Dermatology recently gave surveys to more than 3,800 girls and young women to learn more about their tanning habits.

Nearly one-third had used a tanning bed in the past year, and about 81 percent had tanned outdoors. The vast majority of those who tanned indoors thought that people look more attractive when they have a tan. Yet about the same number thought that using tanning beds can cause skin cancer.

Melanoma

  • One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 62 minutes).
  • One in 55 people will be diagnosed with melanoma during their lifetime.
  • Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old.

2 Comments

  1. POSTED BY johnleesandiego  |  July 30, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    Great post! Unlike a bad hairstyle, or even a poorly thought out tattoo, tanning is one of those youthful indescretions that can have fatal consequences.

  2. POSTED BY walleroo  |  July 30, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    Do teens really respond to this kind of finger wagging? I’m not so sure. You gotta get’em during latency, before those hormones start flowing and clogging their brains. Whatever messages they haven’t gotten by age 12 they won’t get until they’re 20.

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