More than 3,000 tanning bed injuries a year in U.S.
Tanning beds continue to take their toll, particularly on young women. More than 3,000 people a year end up hospital emergency rooms as a result of injuries suffered as a result of indoor tanning.
While more attention is given to the increased risk of developing skin cancer from using tanning beds, other injuries, such as skin burns, eye injuries and fainting result in people going to the hospital, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
To conduct their study, CDC researchers analyzed data on injuries related to indoor tanning from 2003 to 2012. They found that about 3,200 indoor-tanning-related injuries, on average, were treated each year in U.S. hospitals. The majority of those treated for injuries were young, white women and about 80 percent of the injured people suffered skin burns. About 10 percent were taken to the hospital because they had passed out, and nearly 6 percent had suffered eye injuries.
The good news is that the researchers also found that the number of yearly injuries did decrease during the study period, from about 6,500 in 2003 to roughly 2,000 in 2012.