Indoor Tanning on Decline
Is this "So long" to the indoor tanning salon? It looks that way, based on a new report from the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which estimates a drop of 2 million visits to tanning beds between 2010 and 2013.
Specifically, data from about 60,000 people who participated in National Health Review surveys showed that adult tanning bed use fell from 5.5 percent to 4.2 percent during the three-year period. Also, tanning bed use in young adults between 18 to 29--a key market for the business--decreased from 11.3 percent in 2010 to 8.6 percent in 2013.
Nevertheless, about 7.8 million women and 1.9 million men still use tanning beds.
The decrease likely stems from greater awareness of the damaging effects from indoor tanning, particularly those which accumulate to affect how someone looks when they get older, such as premature wrinkles and age spots.
But some groups, such as the Skin Cancer Foundation, continue to call for legislation at both the federal and state levels banning tanning salons, because they say their use increases a person's risk of developing skin cancer.
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