According to a recent study led by the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people are less likely to resort to indoor tanning for a healthy glow.
The study shows that tanning beds use declined between 2010 and 2013 by 1.3 percent. While the figure may not seem much, in reality it shows that two million fewer people resort to these devices to get a tan.
Gery P. Guy Jr. of the CDC and lead author of the research explained that the declining trend may be linked to people becoming more aware of the health risks this method of tanning may involve.
The researcher noted that countless studies had linked indoor tanning with increased cancer risk, while others had clearly showed that the more one uses these devices the higher their risk of cancer is.
Nevertheless, Dr. Guy acknowledged that there is still a widespread misconception that indoor tanning is safer than old fashion sunbathing tanning, although there is no scientific evidence to back that idea.
Dr Guy also argued that people who use indoor tanning beds are exposed to more UV radiation than those lying out in the sun.
“An important point that can be overlooked when it comes to tanning is that a tan is temporary but the risk for skin cancer is permanent,”
the CDC researcher added.
Yet, although indoor tanning is on decline, nearly 8 million women and about 2 million men still use this method.
The declining trend observed in indoor tanning was observed in 60,000 males and females who took part in the National Health Interview Surveys between 2010 and 2013.
The study was recently published in the journal JAMA Dermatology.
But the team also found that young people are the group that uses indoor tanning beds most frequently, though the tanning bed use dropped in their case, as well, from 11.3 percent to 8.6 percent in less than three years.
The Surgeon General also urged people to stay away from indoor tanning. Health officials are now trying to design awareness campaigns to persuade people that indoor tanning is bad for their health especially if they have fair skin. Doctors recommend skin cancer counseling for people aged 10-25 that also have a fair skin complexion before engaging in indoor tanning.
Additionally, doctors caution that indoor tanning can trigger age spots and premature wrinkles in young people, too. But while some colleges are pondering whether to ban indoor tanning salons from campuses, some states think about anti-tanning legislative measures.
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