30% of white teenage girls use indoor tanning, according to the CDC

In a report published in the JAMA Internal Medicine scientific journal, the CDC found that 30% of white high school girls used indoor tanning devices this year, whether it was a sunlamp, a sun bed or a tanning booth.

The study found that the numbers of girls who went tanning increased with age: 18% of 15 year-olds reported tanning, while 40% of 17 year-olds and 44% of 18 year-olds reported doing so. Almost 17% said that they had gone for 10 or more sessions. Indoor tanning is most common in the midwest and the south, where the numbers rose to 30-34% of teens partaking. Luckily, as the study moved to women ages 18-34, the numbers decreased to 25% having participated in indoor tanning this year, and the percentages decreased as the women aged.

These findings are alarming because when you are young, your skin is at its most sensitive. According to the Fox News report, "indoor tanning before the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, by 59 to 75 percent, the researchers said, and indoor tanning use before the age of 25 can double the risk of other skin cancers." (Fox News)
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