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New Study Shows Users of Self-Tanning Products Are Likely to Cut Back on Dangerous UV Rays


A new study indicates that female users of sunless tanning gels and lotions may as a result choose to spend less time in the sun, or at indoor tanning beds.  This is excellent news in the fight against malignant melanoma (MM), a rapidly increasing malady across the world and in the US, in particular.

The study dealt with a survey of 415 women living on or around a university campus, and while the majority of the subjects were under 26 years of age, the age range stretched from 18-71 years.  The survey inquired as to how often they had (1) utilized tanning beds; (2) tanned in the sun; or (3) used sunless tanning products.  The survey likewise asked that they report their reasons for their use, or lack of use, of such products.

The results showed that about 25% of participants had recently utilized a tanning salon, while about 50% reported using sunless tanning products in the last year.  The subjects also reported that they’d spent time directly tanning in the sun (at least 70%).

Most significantly, close to 40% of subjects reported that the use of self-tanning products caused them to reduce their usage of tanning beds and tanning in the sun, thus cutting back on their exposure to dangerous UV rays.

What does this mean for Derm PAs and MDs?

While it is controversial whether or not Dermatologists and Derm PAs should promote any sort of tanning products, this recent study is helpful as we navigate the sociological world of our patients.  In many ways, we must simply seek to reinforce good patient behavior, while not directly-promoting tanning products in particular.

Source: Medscape

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