Study: 32% of young women go indoor tanning

Doctor say tanning significantly increases melanoma risk

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - People who haven't gone under tanning bulbs before may be surprised at the number of people who have. 

A new federal study shows that 32 percent of young white women use indoor tanning equipment. Brittany Cline thought that percentage would be higher.

"Sometimes, it's like any other vice, the pros outweigh the cons," said Cline.

Channel 4 spoke with several women about the latest statistics on tanning. Some were surprised to hear such a high number.

"You would think most people by now would know that going out in the sun and using a tanning bed would be bad for you. I'm just surprised more and more people are doing that," said Dawn Raney.

Tanning has become a hot topic in the recent weeks, since ultra-tan New Jersey mom Patricia Krentcil got in hot water for allegedly tanning her kindergarten-aged daughter.

"Tanning beds are scary. There's actually some states that have tried to outlaw the tanning beds," said Dr. Hollie Hickman.

Hickman told Channel 4 that tanning beds can be particularly hard on younger women. She cited a Mayo Clinic study that showed women are 15 times more likely to get melanoma if they tan at a young age.

"If you get just one sunburn under the age of 18 it doubles your risk of melanoma at a later date," said Hickman. "Just one sunburn. You think we'll go to a tanning bed for a wedding or special occasion, but just that one time could increase your risk."

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