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David Fisher

Tanning: A bad habit or an addiction?

As swimming pools close their gates and the weather becomes too cool for the beach, some of the most fervent sun lovers are flocking to tanning beds to preserve their summertime color. Many are aware of the health risks. Though any form of ultraviolet light increases skin cancer risk, people younger than 30 who use tanning machines increase their risk of skin cancer by 75 percent, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is affiliated with the World Health Organization. The melanoma rate among young women nearly tripled from 1973 to 2004, a period in which use of tanning beds increased significantly, a National Cancer Institute study showed. Studies show that...