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Is tanning addictive? Maybe yes, says research

Is tanning addictive? Maybe yes, says research

A growing body of evidence suggests that tanning beds may be addictive.

In April, researchers at the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the State University of New York, Albany released a study of college students who used tanning beds.  They found that over 20 percent of the respondents who used tanning beds met the criteria for addiction.

Now comes a new study that builds on the work of these researchers.

Hensin Tsao, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School, recently published new work in Journal Watch finding that “Repeat tanners may exhibit addictive behaviors similar to those exhibited by people addicted to substances such as alcohol.”

We know the dangers of  tanning beds. Even one visit to a tanning bed increases the risk of melanoma by 75%. We also know that the UVR emitted by tanning beds is carcinogenic.  Tanning beds can and do kill.

We hope melanoma researchers will continue to explore this important subject.

Be Safe.  Be SunAWARE. Don’t use tanning beds.

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