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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 May;58(5):769-80. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2008.01.020. Epub 2008 Mar 6.

Prevalence and correlates of indoor tanning among US adults.

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  • 1Division of Population Science, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. carolyn.heckman@fccc.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Little is known about the prevalence of indoor tanning among the US general adult population.

OBJECTIVES:

This study sought to: (1) describe the prevalence of indoor tanning throughout adulthood; (2) identify demographic and psychosocial correlates of indoor tanning; and (3) determine whether these correlates vary by age group.

METHODS:

This study used data from the 2005 National Health Interview Survey, an annual health survey of the US adult population.

RESULTS:

Indoor tanning rates were higher among individuals who were young, white, and female. Rates of indoor tanning in the last year varied from 20.4% for those aged 18 to 29 years to 7.8% for those aged 65 years and older. A variety of demographic, health, and behavioral health risk factors correlated with indoor tanning.

LIMITATIONS:

The study design was cross-sectional and all data were self-reported.

CONCLUSIONS:

Health care providers should address indoor tanning as a health risk factor across the lifespan.

PMID:
18328594
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PMCID:
PMC2601681
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