Indoor Tanning: College health hazard?

(NBC News) A new study finds 12-percent of the top colleges and universities in the United States have tanning facilities located right on campus.

More than 40-percent have tanning beds in off-campus housing, and it’s almost always a free perk for tenants.

Midwestern colleges have the highest prevalence of indoor tanning on campus, while colleges in the South are most likely to have salons in off-campus housing.

Dermatologists say ultraviolet radiation from the sun and tanning beds is responsible for a recent rise in the deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma, in young people.

“The rates of melanoma type skin cancer in young people is increasing by 6-percent per year, and at least some of that is related to tanning bed use,” says the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Melissa Piliang.

The Indoor Tanning Association released a statement reading, in part: “there is no consensus among researchers regarding the relationship between melanoma skin cancer and UV exposure either from the sun or a sunbed.”

Still, some experts hope college campuses start treating tanning like tobacco, banning it altogether.

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