Numbers Reveal Exposure To Indoor Tanning In US, Australia And Europe
By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - It may be the largest report on tanning beds and their usage. According to a new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, dermatology edition, there were 88 studies reviewed from the past 21 years to see how prevalent indoor tanning is in the US, Australia, and Europe.
Here are the numbers:
Almost 36% of all adults have tried indoor tanning. When you break it down it includes 55% of college students and 20% of all teens. In the past five years the numbers have increased, with 22% of teens using tanning salons. More Europeans have been to a tanning salon than Americans or Australians.
In the US, nearly 390,000 new cases of skin cancer (including melanoma) each year can be at least partially attributed to indoor tanning.