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Awareness of the risks of tanning lamps does not influence behavior among college students.
Arch Dermatol 2002; 138(10):1311-5AD

Abstract

HYPOTHESIS

Awareness of the risks of artificial tanning influences tanning behavior among college students.

OBJECTIVE

To correlate the prevalence of tanning lamp use, the perceived benefits and risks associated with UV exposure, and knowledge about skin cancer among university students.

DESIGN

A survey was designed and administered to college students seeking "walk-in" care at a university student health center from September 7, 1999, through September 30, 1999.

SETTING

A large midwestern public university student health center.

PARTICIPANTS

Undergraduate and graduate students attending the student health center for any medical condition.

INTERVENTION

None.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE

Completion of the survey.

RESULTS

Of the surveyed students, 47% had used a tanning lamp during the preceding 12 months. Female students were more common users than male students. Of the students surveyed, 39% reported never having used tanning lamps. More than 90% of users of tanning lamps were aware that premature aging and skin cancer were possible complications of tanning lamp use.

CONCLUSIONS

Despite adequate knowledge of the adverse effects of UV exposure, university students freely and frequently use tanning lamps, primarily for desired cosmetic appearance. To alter this risky behavior will require a fundamental change in the societal belief that tans are attractive and healthy.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Dermatology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12374536

Citation

Knight, J Matthew, et al. "Awareness of the Risks of Tanning Lamps Does Not Influence Behavior Among College Students." Archives of Dermatology, vol. 138, no. 10, 2002, pp. 1311-5.
Knight JM, Kirincich AN, Farmer ER, et al. Awareness of the risks of tanning lamps does not influence behavior among college students. Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(10):1311-5.
Knight, J. M., Kirincich, A. N., Farmer, E. R., & Hood, A. F. (2002). Awareness of the risks of tanning lamps does not influence behavior among college students. Archives of Dermatology, 138(10), pp. 1311-5.
Knight JM, et al. Awareness of the Risks of Tanning Lamps Does Not Influence Behavior Among College Students. Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(10):1311-5. PubMed PMID: 12374536.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Awareness of the risks of tanning lamps does not influence behavior among college students. AU - Knight,J Matthew, AU - Kirincich,Anna N, AU - Farmer,Evan R, AU - Hood,Antoinette F, PY - 2002/10/11/pubmed PY - 2002/11/26/medline PY - 2002/10/11/entrez SP - 1311 EP - 5 JF - Archives of dermatology JO - Arch Dermatol VL - 138 IS - 10 N2 - HYPOTHESIS: Awareness of the risks of artificial tanning influences tanning behavior among college students. OBJECTIVE: To correlate the prevalence of tanning lamp use, the perceived benefits and risks associated with UV exposure, and knowledge about skin cancer among university students. DESIGN: A survey was designed and administered to college students seeking "walk-in" care at a university student health center from September 7, 1999, through September 30, 1999. SETTING: A large midwestern public university student health center. PARTICIPANTS: Undergraduate and graduate students attending the student health center for any medical condition. INTERVENTION: None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Completion of the survey. RESULTS: Of the surveyed students, 47% had used a tanning lamp during the preceding 12 months. Female students were more common users than male students. Of the students surveyed, 39% reported never having used tanning lamps. More than 90% of users of tanning lamps were aware that premature aging and skin cancer were possible complications of tanning lamp use. CONCLUSIONS: Despite adequate knowledge of the adverse effects of UV exposure, university students freely and frequently use tanning lamps, primarily for desired cosmetic appearance. To alter this risky behavior will require a fundamental change in the societal belief that tans are attractive and healthy. SN - 0003-987X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12374536/Awareness_of_the_risks_of_tanning_lamps_does_not_influence_behavior_among_college_students_ L2 - https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/fullarticle/vol/138/pg/1311 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -