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 May 14, 2005
Teens Realize, Ignore Tanning Risks: Survey
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Almost 80 percent of teenagers polled knew that tanning could cause life-threatening skin cancer, yet they acknowledged doing it anyway, according to an American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) survey released Monday.

Sixty-six percent of the 505 teens questioned nationwide said people looked better with a tan, nearly half said tans look healthier, and 60 percent acknowledged getting sunburned last summer, according to an Associated Press account of the poll.

By 53 percent to 33 percent, girls were more likely than boys to say they wore sunscreen, and by 59 percent to 36 percent said they made at least some effort to protect themselves from the sun, the AP reported.

The AAD recommended avoiding mid-day sun, wearing a hat, and using protective sunscreen, the wire service said.


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