Melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – is increasing at a quicker pace among females 15-29 years old than in males of the same age group.
And it’s not just because these young women are spending time at the beach or by the pool.
Studies show the use of indoor tanning beds increases an individual’s risk of melanoma by a whopping 75 percent.
Care to take a guess as to which teens are more likely to overlook the risks of developing skin cancer in pursuit of a golden brown glow?
A recent survey by the American Academy of Dermatology found that a large percentage of Caucasian teen girls and young women who use tanning beds reported that their mothers also use tanning beds.
In fact, indoor tanners were four times as likely (42 percent) to indicate that their mothers use tanning beds than those respondents who were not indoor tanners (10 percent).
And the tanning bed habit appears to be gaining traction within families. Indoor tanners were more than twice as likely to have a family member who used a tanning bed (65 percent) compared to their non-indoor tanning peers (28 percent).
May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month®. Read tips on how to stay safe in the sun this summer from our RAK archives.
Visit www.melanomamonday.org to find “31 Days 31 Ways to prevent and detect melanoma,” find out how to perform a self-exam and see images of melanoma in different stages.
Know a teen or young adult – or even a mom -who can’t imagine there’s any harm in indoor tanning? Share this powerful video, “Dear 16-year-old Me,” and hear firsthand stories from melanoma survivors.