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J Adolesc Health. 2012 Mar;50(3):308-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2011.08.007. Epub 2011 Oct 26.

Indoor tanning device use among male high school students in the United States.

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  • 1Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway North East, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Indoor tanning is a risk factor for developing melanoma. Although in 2009, 6.7% of male high school students reported using an indoor tanning device, compared with 25.4% of female students (Eaton DK, Kann L, Kinchen S, et al, MMWR Surveill Summ 2010;59:1-142), it is also less well characterized in male than in female adolescents.

METHODS:

The associations between appearance-related and other health-related behaviors with indoor tanning device use were examined among male high school students in the United States, using the 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

RESULTS:

Adjusted analysis of cross-sectional data showed that indoor tanning device use was positively associated with ever having taken steroids without a doctor's prescription, unhealthy weight control practices, binge drinking, eating fruits and vegetables five or more times per day, playing on at least one sports team, and attempted suicide.

CONCLUSIONS:

Understanding the relationship between indoor tanning device use and appearance-related and other health-related behaviors is useful in designing risk reduction interventions for skin cancer prevention.

Published by Elsevier Inc.

PMID:
22325138
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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