Health Poll: Have You Ever Used a Tanning Bed?

Have You Ever Used a Tanning Bed?


I love a sun-kissed glow as much as any other girl, but I don't love melanoma. Because I'm keen on protecting myself from skin cancer, I steer clear of tanning beds — studies have shown that exposure to tanning beds before age 35 can boost melanoma risk by 75 percent.

While this research has been public for years, it hasn't stopped people from using tanning beds to darken their skin. I couldn't believe the results from a new study by San Diego State University public health researchers: they discovered more tanning salons than Starbucks or McDonald's in many US cities. What's more, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 70 percent of the average daily one million tanning salon customers are females aged 16 to 29. With all these crazy statistics in mind, I am curious about your relationship with tanning beds.

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