WOMEN
05/23/2012 10:38 am ET

Why Do Young White Women Risk Cancer To Be Tan?

A CDC report out this month found that nearly one in three white women aged 18 to 25 had used a tanning booth in the previous year. White women aged 18 to 21 went the most often, averaging 27.6 sessions per year-that's over two sessions per month-while nearly 70 percent said they had gone at least 10 times in the last year.

Meanwhile, rates of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, have been increasing more quickly among young white women than their white male counterparts, which, in the words of the report, "might be attributable, in part, to their increased rates of indoor tanning."

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