The America Academy of Dermatology reports that 35% of American adults, 59% of college students, and 17% of teens have reported using a tanning bed in their lifetime.  That equates to approximately 7.8 million adult women and 1.9 million adult men in the United States reported tanning indoors.  The statistic for the number of female high school students tanning indoors is 10.6%.


The United States Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization’s International Agency of Research on Cancer panel have declared ultraviolet radiation from artificial sources, such as tanning beds and sun lamps, to be a known carcinogen.  They report that UV light from tanning beds can cause melanoma and increase the risk of a benign mole progressing to Melanoma.


Statistics from the American Academy of Dermatology highlight that using indoor tanning beds before age 35 can increase your risk of Melanoma by 59% and that the risk increases with each use.  They note that even one indoor tanning session can increase the risk of developing Squamous Cell Carcinoma by 67% and Basal Cell Carcinoma by 29%.  The staggering statistic is that women younger than 30 are six times more likely to develop Melanoma if they tan indoors.


It is highly recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology, as well as the providers of our practice, to avoid all use of indoor tanning in your lifetime and to enforce this recommendation to your children as well.  Take care of your skin.




“Indoor tanning.” Prevention and care. American Academy of Dermatology. < >