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Young Women And The Dangers of Tanning

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A recent American Academy of Dermatology survey found that a majority of women aged 18 to 34 years responded that “that there is no such thing as a healthy tan” and that skin cancer can be deadly.

“Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is the second most common cancer in young women, and we believe this may be in part to their tanning habits,” Elizabeth S. Martin, MD, FAAD, chair of the AAD Council on Communications, stated in a press release.

In the survey, there were 71 percent of the women in the age group who knew that tans are not healthy, while 66 percent reported that getting a base tan is not a healthy way to protect from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, according to the release. There were 98 percent of respondents who knew that skin cancer could be deadly.

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