Family Time: Indoor Tanning Risks Ignored

January 30, 2014 Updated Jan 30, 2014 at 2:16 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 30, 2014 Updated Jan 30, 2014 at 2:16 PM EDT

A new study says warnings about the dangers of indoor tanning are falling mostly on deaf ears.
University of California researchers analyzed the prevalence of indoor tanning
in the United States, Europe and Australia.

They found nearly 40% of adults and more than half of college-age kids
have exposed themselves to indoor tanning beds, many within the last year.

Researchers say the findings show how prevalent indoor tanning is, especially
among young people.

Doctors say your chance of developing melanoma-type skin cancer jumps by 75-percent after exposure to indoor tanning and the more exposures you have, the higher the risk.