By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The statistics are concerning. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 1 in 3 young white women regularly ignore tanning bed warnings.
We know that indoor tanning is associated with an increased risk of skin cancer and for people under 25 years old, it can increase non-melanoma skin cancer risk by 40% to 102%.
The CDC used data on over 2000 participants from the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the national Health Interview Survey in 2010 and 2011. Among high school students: nearly 1 in 3 used indoor tanning, about 17% frequently — at least 10 times in the past year.