DermatologistsBlog.com: What are the main findings of the study?
Dr. Guy: This study found that indoor tanning and frequent indoor tanning (10+ tanning sessions per year) remain common among adolescents in the United States. Indoor tanning was associated with many risk health-related behaviors such as binge drinking and illegal drug use. Indoor tanning was also associated with factors linked to appearance, such as unhealthy weight control practices and taking steroids without a prescription. The clustering of risky behaviors suggests a need for coordinated, multifaceted approaches, including primary care counseling to address these behaviors. Public health efforts are needed to change social norms regarding tanned skin and to increase awareness, knowledge and behaviors related to indoor tanning. Read the full post »