October 12, 2012
A study conducted at UC San Francisco discovered indoor tanning is responsible each year for over 170,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. Findings also indicated that tanning bed users were more likely to develop certain types of skin cancers than non-users, with the highest risk among young adults.
Though local and national government efforts have recently attempted to regulate indoor tanning by implementing a tanning tax or banning usage by minors, tanning bed use remains popular, particularly among young adults. Researchers of the study encourage more active interventions and stricter protocols that discourage use of tanning beds as a prevention mechanism for skin cancer.