Study: Tanning salons outnumber McDonald's in Florida

A study conducted by the University of Miami found that tanning salons outnumber McDonald's restaurants and CVS pharmacies in Florida, according to the Miami Herald.

Researchers set out to find whether skin cancer can be linked to certain geographic areas within the Sunshine State and found that there are more than 1,261 tanning salons, or about one every 50 square miles, the Herald reports. 

For comparison, the researchers provided numbers for other common businesses: McDonald's came in at 868 restaurants and CVS was behind that at 693 pharmacies.

The dermatology professors who conducted the study were shocked by the findings considering the amount of natural sunshine the state receives. That, plus the number of tanning salons, could perhaps explain why Florida has the second-highest rate of melonoma cases in the country, according to the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery.

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