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Old 03-12-2003, 08:37 AM   #103 (permalink)
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Tanning bed use is still popular among college students, according to a recent study.

Of the 489 students surveyed by Dr. Antoinette F. Hood of Eastern Virginia Medical School and colleagues, 47 percent said they used a tanning bed within the last year. The findings were reported in the October issue of the Archives of Dermatology.

Four out of 10 students believed "a tan represents a healthy appearance," and these students were five times more likely to use tanning lamps or other artificial tanning methods, the researchers note.

The majority of students (92 percent) said they tanned because they enjoyed a tanned appearance; 61 percent reported using tanning beds to prepare for a vacation; and 15 percent said they used tanning lamps to treat acne or some other skin disease.

Women were more likely than men to report tanning bed use, and 17- to 20-year-olds were more likely than older counterparts to report current use of tanning beds.

The study authors used the information to surmise about whether UVR education was working for young adults.

Source: Reuters

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