Tanning Addiction? 1 In 7 Skin Cancer Patients Continue To Visit Tanning Beds

One in seven people diagnosed with skin cancer will continue to use tanning beds, suggesting that tanning may be addictive, CTV News reported.

In a new study published in JAMA Dermatology , researchers surveyed 178 skin cancer patients who had admitted to visiting tanning salons in the past. The patients were white or non-Hispanic and mostly female – and all the participants had been previously diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of all cancers.

Overall, 26 patients admitted to using indoor tanning beds within four years post-diagnosis. According to the survey’s results, the patients had tanned a median of 10 times within the past year –though some admitted to tanning as many as 20 times. Patients who had done the most tanning prior to their skin cancer diagnosis were much more likely to still be visiting tanning beds, according to CTV News.

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