Frequent tanning can lead to addiction. This is what researchers from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York found.
(04/20/2010) Frequent tanning can lead to addiction. This is what researchers from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York found. According to the results of the study, around a third of users show tanning beds symptoms of addiction. Despite medical warnings, users simply cannot stop. For years, scientists and doctors have been warning of the health risks of artificial tanning in the solarium. Some people cannot stop even with existing skin conditions. Doctors at the New York Cancer Center now believe that one factor is addiction to the tan.
In a study, doctors around Catherine Mosher interviewed 421 college students. The subjects had to fill out two different questionnaires. The special thing about it: the sheets are actually used to detect alcohol abuse and to demonstrate symptoms of addiction. The questionnaire was rewritten to reflect the user behavior of solariums. The students were also tested for susceptibility to anxiety disorders, depression and drug use. The result was amazing. 229 of the respondents regularly use the artificial tanning bed. About a third showed symptoms of addiction. A third of the respondents used drugs more than the students without solarium addiction. (sb)