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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Dermatology

Advisor

Dr. Nancy Reid

Abstract

Indoor tanning is a 5-billion-dollar industry.1 There is increasing evidence that indoor tanning bed use is associated with a higher incidence of melanoma, especially among adolescents. It has recently been suggested that indoor tanning can result in addictive behavior in certain individuals. Still, the general population still believes that indoor tanning is safe, especially compared to outdoor tanning.3 Dermatology providers are in a position not only to counsel patients on tanning bed use but to identify patients who may be at higher risk for melanoma skin cancers.

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