Indoor tanning rates are on the decline among men and women, according to a recent study published in JAMA Dermatology that analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey. While we applaud this progress, we’re concerned about one group that continues to cling to dangerous tanning habits: older men, who also have the highest rates of skin cancer. Among men who tan indoors, those aged 40-49 and 50 and older are respectively 177 percent and 71 percent more likely to remain frequent tanners than younger men. These groups clearly need to be better targeted for skin cancer prevention.
An estimated 7.8 million women and 1.9 million men in the US continue to use tanning devices. More work needs to be done to curtail the pursuit of this dangerous pastime, according to lead author Gery P. Guy, PhD, a health economist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Published on November 16, 2015