December 1, 2014

IowaWatch Connection: Tanning Hazards

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Kathryn Susik/IowaWatch

Skin cancer is a major health problem and a big share of the blame for that goes to indoor tanning. Despite knowing the health hazards, people still do it, and that includes many under age 18.

“In high school I went tanning quite frequently. Not as much as my friends went, but I definitely went five times before a dance or something like that,” said Ashleigh Brown, a 2014 UI graduate from Naperville, Ill.

Brown stopped tanning after her sister burned her corneas while tanning.

Studies show tanning, especially tanning at a young age, can increase the risk of skin cancer, but should the government regulate indoor tanning by minors? And knowing the risks, why do young people still spend time in tanning beds?

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