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.
- 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.