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One in 3 White, Teen Girls Have Used Tanning Booths
Bloomberg no url | 9/8/3

Posted on 09/08/2003 1:54:40 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker

Sept. 8 (Bloomberg) -- More than one-third of white, teenaged girls in the U.S. have used a tanning booth, which may age the skin and raise the risk of cancer, and about 30 percent have used the devices at least three times, according to a study.

Repeated use increased with age, rising to 47 percent among 18- and 19-year old girls from 11 percent among 13- and 14-yearolds, said study leader Catherine Demko, a cancer epidemiologist at Case Western University School of Medicine in Cleveland.

Researchers once thought the dominant form of ultraviolet rays in sunlight, called UV-B, posed more risk of skin cancer than another type of light called UV-A. Recent research suggests that UV-A radiation, which composes a large portion of the light in tanning beds, may risk raise the risk of skin aging and cancer nearly as much as UV-B, Demko said in an interview.

``Girls are exposing themselves to UV-A and UV-B radiation through indoor and outdoor tanning,'' she said. ``They could be setting themselves up for greater risk.''

More than 1 million skin cancer cases are diagnosed each year, and more than 50,000 of those are the most serious form, malignant melanoma, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Melanoma cases have increased 7 percent annually since 1981, and it is the most common form of cancer in people 25 to 29 years old, the agency's Web site said.

Use of tanning beds among teen-age boys was much lower, with less than 7 percent using them three times or more, the study said. Parents should help teen-aged children find other ways to alter appearances besides tanning booths, Demko said.

The study, which appears in the September Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, looked at 6,900 white adolescents in 1996 and was funded by the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bikini; generalinterest

1 posted on 09/08/2003 1:54:41 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker
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To: NativeNewYorker
Swarthy Envy?
2 posted on 09/08/2003 1:55:12 PM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: NativeNewYorker
I won't beleive it till I see the photo's
3 posted on 09/08/2003 2:00:25 PM PDT by ctlpdad (In memory of my good friend Henry's daughter, lost 9/11/01)
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To: NativeNewYorker
One in 3 White, Teen Girls Have Used Tanning Booths

At first I thought this might have been a story from The Onion. What a lame headline.

4 posted on 09/08/2003 2:00:42 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (It's time for Arnold to stop splitting the Republican vote and step aside for the good of the party)
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To: swarthyguy
Every study and survey I've seen has validated my personal observation and learning: Many females are driven to maximize their self-perceived attactiveness, even at the expense of their long-term health, and *knowlingly* harm themselves in the pursuit of beauty.
5 posted on 09/08/2003 2:02:30 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: NativeNewYorker
How long before the class-action lawsuit against 'Big Tanning' happens?
6 posted on 09/08/2003 2:02:53 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: NativeNewYorker
How long before the class-action lawsuit against 'Big Tanning' happens?
7 posted on 09/08/2003 2:02:54 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: NativeNewYorker
In my opinion them things are RACIST! They must find a way to make them appeal to blacks.
8 posted on 09/08/2003 2:05:20 PM PDT by Ladytotheright (Right is Right)
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To: NativeNewYorker
Sure seems that way; the media driven image of the female body is not for most. But most do slavishly worship it and berate themselves when they don't adhere to it.

Of course, I've yet to figure out how pierced tongues and eyebrows are attractive.
9 posted on 09/08/2003 2:06:20 PM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: NativeNewYorker; vikingchick
Liquid Sun is the latest 'thing'. No sun rays, no lights....just stand in a booth type deal and get spray painted. (Of course, a couple girls I saw right after looked like Oompa Loompas....but, hey, to each their own....):o
10 posted on 09/08/2003 2:11:09 PM PDT by BossLady (Oompas sing : 'What do you get...when u want a good tan.....carrot juice sprayed by a giant fan....')
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To: BossLady
Huh? What's an Oompa Loompa?
11 posted on 09/08/2003 2:12:43 PM PDT by Hildy ('ll)
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To: Hildy
Charlie & the Cholocate Factory... they're rotund dwarves with the same skin tone as the guy from "The Price is Right."
12 posted on 09/08/2003 2:14:33 PM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: Hildy
From Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory....
13 posted on 09/08/2003 2:17:25 PM PDT by BossLady
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To: BossLady
grrr now I have that stupid song in my head!
14 posted on 09/08/2003 2:18:27 PM PDT by proust
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To: NativeNewYorker
yum yum yum....gimme some of that fake tanned bum.

gotta love tanned,white teenage girls....

(perv disclaimer.....I'm referring to one in particular....and she is over 18 :-)

15 posted on 09/08/2003 2:19:12 PM PDT by CanadianLibertarian
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To: proust
Sorrrrrryyyyyyy........ ;)
16 posted on 09/08/2003 2:21:19 PM PDT by BossLady
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To: NativeNewYorker
Q: How is a naked woman with a tan like a Thanksgiving Turkey?

A: The white meat is the best part....

17 posted on 09/08/2003 2:22:27 PM PDT by Cogadh na Sith (The Guns of Brixton)
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To: Hildy
FYI
18 posted on 09/08/2003 2:24:20 PM PDT by danneskjold
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To: NativeNewYorker
I had bad acne in high school, and--if you can believe it--back in the 60s, my dermatologist stuck me in a room with these UV lights twice a week for nearly a year, for about 15 minutes at a time.

I guess nobody knew.

19 posted on 09/08/2003 2:25:31 PM PDT by sinkspur (Adopt a dog or a cat from a shelter. You'll save a life, and enrich your own!)
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To: NativeNewYorker
I know one reason why the use ratio isn't higher and I'll bet it was overlooked by this medical researcher.

I had a friend who owned a tanning place that was located near I high school. I mentioned that that must be good for business. He said "no, just the opposite." He sold contracts, X number of sessions for a flat fee or unlimited use for a monthly charge. But, children under, what, 16, can't be held to a contract so he wouldn't do business with them. Their parents could sign but they couldn't. So, in many states, girls under whatever that age is might want to but can't.

20 posted on 09/08/2003 2:26:57 PM PDT by Tacis
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To: ctlpdad
I won't beleive it till I see the photo's

There's more photos... but this was the best


21 posted on 09/08/2003 2:30:51 PM PDT by bedolido (None of us is as dumb as all of us!)
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To: sinkspur
Heck, it was only about ten years ago that my Doc prescribed (jokingly) a couple of "beach visits" for my acne.

I'm sick of hearing about how everything is bad for you--sunlight, air, water, etc. etc. etc. If some of these scientists have their way, we'll all be living deep underground eating beeswax and grain.

22 posted on 09/08/2003 2:33:02 PM PDT by TheBigB (I don't believe in Astrology. We Scorpios are skeptical.)
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To: sinkspur
I had bad acne in high school, and--if you can believe it--back in the 60s, my dermatologist stuck me in a room with these UV lights twice a week for nearly a year, for about 15 minutes at a time.

I remember that. I had a sudden outbreak soon after going to college, and had to do the UV light thing till it went away. The dermatoligist used to pick at it....yuck....thankfully it cleared on its own in a few months.

It was not fun spending more that half of first semester Freshman year of college looking like a prime candidate for a leper colony! <^..^>

23 posted on 09/08/2003 2:40:10 PM PDT by grania ("Won't get fooled again")
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To: chookter
hehehe............"white meat".....

must disagree. If the tanning is done right there is no white or dark meat, just an all-over golden brown. Now that's what I call tasty cokkin'.

24 posted on 09/08/2003 2:41:57 PM PDT by CanadianLibertarian
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To: Hildy
Huh? What's an Oompa Loompa?

They're a small Democratic constituency in "Oompa-Loompa-Land" somewhere just outside of Trenton I think.

25 posted on 09/08/2003 3:23:01 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: NativeNewYorker
More than one-third of white, teenaged girls in the U.S. have used a tanning booth........

Seems rather low compared to what appears to be 100% usage by white women Real Estate Agents ;-)

26 posted on 09/08/2003 3:39:50 PM PDT by varon
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To: Caipirabob
LOL...I don't know how I missed that little piece of cultural history!
27 posted on 09/08/2003 3:41:50 PM PDT by Hildy ('ll)
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To: NativeNewYorker
They can later compete for the Melanoma Queen crown. Another proof that one third of US females are brain-dead. In this case, brain dead can lead to body dead before their time. My dematologist loves tanning booths. He is getting richer by the week.
28 posted on 09/08/2003 3:42:21 PM PDT by Paulus Invictus (Freerepublic.com is eTruth!)
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To: swarthyguy
Swarthy Envy?

NO time in a tanning booth can ever equal the beauty of a subcontinental princess. ;-)

29 posted on 09/08/2003 3:43:49 PM PDT by Clemenza (East side, West side, all around the town. Tripping the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York)
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To: NativeNewYorker
If you want to see what spending too much time in a tanning booth/beach can do, check out Sylvia and Sheila down in Boca Raton. All pruned-out by age 40.
30 posted on 09/08/2003 3:44:43 PM PDT by Clemenza (East side, West side, all around the town. Tripping the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York)
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To: ctlpdad
LOL!
31 posted on 09/08/2003 3:54:26 PM PDT by jonno
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To: NativeNewYorker
My dad has had three kinds of melanomas. So far. :-( He was forced to lie in the sun for hours because his mother thought it would prevent polio.

I take this seriously with my kids. Unfortunately, when I put on sunscreen now I just think of closing the barn door after the horse has escaped. I'm sure I'm already doomed; childhood sun exposure is supposed to be the most damaging.
32 posted on 09/08/2003 5:16:13 PM PDT by ChemistCat (Focused, Relentless Charity Beats Random Acts of Kindness.)
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To: Paulus Invictus
I told a girl at work years ago that tanning booths might not be the best thing for her (melanoma, prematurely aging skin). She laughed at me and said the guy who ran the tanning booth said nothing would happen to her and it was completely safe.

I said, But dermatologists warn people about sun tanning. She said a tanning booth was different. I said, How so? She couldn't say, but she reiterated that a tanning booth was different. The guy who owned it told her so. I guess if you plunk good money down, it's safe and even beneficial. Sitting in the sun costs nothing, but it is probably more damaging?

The moral: Always believe what a businessman tells you about his product, even if you have to suspend disbelief.
33 posted on 09/08/2003 5:34:30 PM PDT by ladylib
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To: ChemistCat
My brother has severe skin cancer, and he's only 46. Last time around, he lost an ear. This time, it's back behind his eye, and it is inoperable.
34 posted on 09/08/2003 5:39:03 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: luckystarmom
I've heard of people having malignant tumors behind the eye.

Is it malignant melanoma? My father developed a tumor on his pituitary gland. He developed diabetes melletus(sp) and Addison's disease and no one could figure out why. Then he had a chest x-ray and it showed lesions on his lung. He had a biopsy and they diagnosed malignant melanoma. It didn't appear on his skin (although he had a lot of moles on his body) until later on. After they diagnosed it, they gave him three months, but he lived for six.

This was in 1979 and when they finally figured out what it was, it was pretty much over.
35 posted on 09/08/2003 5:50:01 PM PDT by ladylib
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To: ladylib
I think it is squamus cell carcinoma or a basal cell carcinoma. It's not a melanoma, but it's very deadly. For 20 years he's battled it mainly on his head. He's had 3 major surgeries, with the last one just stopping at the sheath around his brain.

The doctors are going to try some sort of radiation on my brother. I haven't had the nerve to ask him what his chances are. We just found out that it was back last week.

He's a redhead, and spent lots of time in the sun. My kids have never been sunburned, and I hope it stays that way. My son complains about being the whitest kid in school. I tell him to keep it that way.
36 posted on 09/08/2003 6:26:06 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: luckystarmom
Good luck to your brother. My father was blond and blue eyed and I never knew him to have a sunburn as an adult. He must have had a couple of bad burns when he was a kid. That's all it takes apparently.

I had a couple of really bad burns when I was a kid. They used to smear Noxema on us and it burned like anything. As far as I'm concerned, it's a totally useless product.

Let your son complain all he wants about being the whitest kid in school. He's better off out of the sun.

37 posted on 09/08/2003 6:35:11 PM PDT by ladylib
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To: Clemenza
Just thanks Jennifer Lopez for this unhealthy obsession...LOL And all the other trendoid Hollyweird people for wanting to look like they just returned from Capri.

I am going to be posting a pic of my tricolored feet... white ankles black arches and brown toes. That's what I get for wearing sandals and not putting sunblock on my feet. Seriously, I've always had a light olive skintone that turns very dark in summer. Now I wear sunblock because I do not want to look like a hag, and my father had a lot of moles.
38 posted on 09/08/2003 6:38:01 PM PDT by cyborg (i'm half and half... me mum is a muggle and me dad is a witch)
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To: Clemenza
Just thanks Jennifer Lopez for this unhealthy obsession...LOL And all the other trendoid Hollyweird people for wanting to look like they just returned from Capri.

I am going to be posting a pic of my tricolored feet... white ankles black arches and brown toes. That's what I get for wearing sandals and not putting sunblock on my feet. Seriously, I've always had a light olive skintone that turns very dark in summer. Now I wear sunblock because I do not want to look like a hag, and my father had a lot of moles.
39 posted on 09/08/2003 6:38:02 PM PDT by cyborg (i'm half and half... me mum is a muggle and me dad is a witch)
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To: cyborg; Clemenza
okay the pictures of my three toned feet were not that important! sorry for the dupe
40 posted on 09/08/2003 6:39:28 PM PDT by cyborg (i'm half and half... me mum is a muggle and me dad is a witch)
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To: NativeNewYorker
Is this the reason that the number of Black teen girls has increased in the last few months?

41 posted on 09/08/2003 6:44:49 PM PDT by lawdude (Liberalism: A failure every time it is tried!)
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To: swarthyguy
Of course, I've yet to figure out how pierced tongues and eyebrows are attractive.

I'd like to see the stats on pierced tongues, navels, and eyebrows counts up. I travel a bit and its seems to be a universal fad in the U.S.

The last girl that showed me her pierced tongue, was fishing for some kind of compliment I think. I asked her, "can't you just put those things on with superglue in case you change your mind."

42 posted on 09/08/2003 6:46:49 PM PDT by SSN558 (Be on the lookout for Black White-Supremacists)
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To: bedolido
You like to live dangerously, don't you?
43 posted on 09/08/2003 6:57:49 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: Clemenza
Princesses is right. JAP's, move over.
44 posted on 09/09/2003 10:09:06 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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