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Young adults ignore skin-cancer warnings, CDC says

Atlanta • The warnings about skin cancer from too much sun don’t seem to be getting through.Half of U.S. adults under 30 say they have had a sunburn at least once in the previous year — about the same as a decade ago, according to a government survey released Thursday. In fact, the modest progress reported five years ago has been wiped out.

Not only that, but women in their 20s are going to tanning salons almost twice a month on average.

"I don’t know that we’re making any headway," said Len Lichtenfeld, the American Cancer Society’s deputy chief medical officer.

CDC: Tanning beds creating 'an epidemic'

May 10, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The day after a Chicago alderman proposed a ban on teens using tanning bed, the CDC released a study on sunburns and skin cancer.

What's your opinion? Let us know on FacebookAccording to an official with the Centers for Disease Control, tanning beds are driving "an epidemic in the making".

Despite the warning, patrons are still going to beds.

Teen Tanning: Indoor Sizzle Can Overcome Parental Consent Laws

Ten years ago, Brittany Zele, then 14, begged her mother for permission to go tanning. Although her mother eventually consented, Zele now wishes her mother hadn't.

"I needed a note from my mom, and she didn't want to let me go, and I kept bugging her," recalled Zele. "I tanned until I was diagnosed. I don't blame her. She didn't know any better."

Five years ago, while sitting on a swing with her mother and boyfriend, her mom said a mole on Zele's thigh didn't look right.

Indoor Tanning

You know that basking in the sun is bad for you — sun worshippers have prematurely aging skin, wrinkles, and maybe even skin cancer to look forward to. But you're no fan of the Morticia Addams look either.

Tempted to try a tanning salon? Maybe you've heard that sunbeds only use "safe" UVA light, avoiding the UVB light that causes burning. But unfortunately it's not that simple. UVA rays can cause just as much — if not more — damage than UVB rays because they penetrate the skin more deeply.

Kelli Pedroia warning teens about melanoma

Georgetown —An auditorium full of Georgetown teens gathered on Monday morning to hear a very important message. Their guest was melanoma survivor Kelli Pedroia, a slim brunette not that far out of her teens herself.Facing the packed audience, Pedroia introduced herself.“My name is Kelli Pedroia. Yes, my last name may sound familiar to you,” she said. “My husband is Dustin Pedroia, the second baseman for the Red Sox.”This drew a wave of cheers and applause from the teens. 

Saying that this appearance was not about the Red Sox, Pedroia asked the teens to raise their hands if over the summer they sunbathed without skin protection or went to a tanning bed.

Melanoma Rates Soar in Young Adults

A new study has revealed an alarming rise in melanoma among people aged 18 to 39: over the past 40 years, rates of this potentially deadly skin cancer grew by 800 percent among young women and 400 percent among young men. Researchers examined data on the 256 young adults in Olmstead County, MN, who were diagnosed with melanoma between 1970 and 2009. Between 1970 and 1979, just 16 new cases, or 4.8 cases per 100,000 people, were diagnosed. But in the decade ending December 31, 2009, 129 cases were recorded, an incidence rate of 30.

Congressional Report Exposes Tanning Industry's Misleading Message to Teens

February 1, 2012
A new report released by leaders of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce reveals that tanning salons are routinely not providing accurate information about skin cancer and other risks to teens seeking their services. The alarming results show that the vast majority of tanning salons contacted by Committee investigators provided false information about the serious risks of indoor tanning and made erroneous claims about the health benefits that indoor tanning provides.
Committee investigators representing themselves as fair-skinned teenage girls contacted 300 tanning salons nationwide, including at least three in each state and the District of Columbia.

Melanoma Rates Skyrocketing in Young Adults

Melanoma Risk Now 6 Times Higher in People Under 40
ByJennifer Warner
WebMD Health News
Reviewed byLouise Chang, MD
April 2, 2012 -- The risk of developing the most dangerous type ofskin canceris now more than six times higher among young adults than it was 40 years ago, and women may be especially vulnerable.
A new study shows the number of melanomas found among women under 40 years old increased by more than eightfold between the 1970s and 2000s. Cases of melanoma among men under 40 also increased by more than fourfold during the same time period.

Facts About Sunburn and Skincare

Facts About Sunburn and Skincare
What's the harm in sunburn? A person's risk formelanoma--the most serious form of skin cancer--doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns.
Unfortunately, getting sunburned is much more common that it ought to be. In a recent survey conducted in partnership with iVillage, The Skin Cancer Foundation learned that 42 percent of people polled get a sunburn at least once a year.
One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person's chances of developing melanoma later in life.

Experts Crunch Number on Indoor Tanning

Just Four Annual Visits Multiplies Skin Cancer Risk!!
New research indicates that people who tan indoors four times a year increase their risk of developing the non-melanoma skin cancers basal and squamous cell carcinoma by 15 percent, and their risk of melanoma by 11 percent. Non-melanoma skin cancer can be disfiguring and sometimes life-threatening, and melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, will kill an estimated 8,790 people in the US this year alone. While it has been known for some time that indoor ultraviolet (UV) radiation tanning heightens the risk of developing all forms of skin cancer, with this study, researchers have more precisely quantified the risks.
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