YIKES

08.20.13

29 Percent of Teenage Girls Tan

Despite the health risks.

All these years after Jersey Shore, and there’s still fallout from the tanning trend. A full 29 percent of high school–age girls tan, according to a survey released by the Centers of Disease Control. “Tanned skin is damaged skin,” said Gery Guy, who works with the division of cancer prevention at the CDC. “The rise of indoor tanning among this population is very concerning.” An October 2012 study found that tanning beds are linked to 170,000 of the new cancer cases in the U.S. each year, and the risk is even higher for teens. Indoor tanning before the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma by up to 75 percent, while use before the age of 25 increases the risk by 102 percent. The CDC survey found that 44 percent of white girls had used a tanning bed before they were 18, and 30 percent were frequent tanners.