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Research Letter
January 2016

Sexual Orientation and Indoor Tanning Device UseA Population-Based Study

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2Division of Dermatology, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Decatur, Georgia
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(1):99-101. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.2038

There is an increasing national focus on addressing the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations.1 Emerging evidence suggests that sexual minority populations may face higher burdens of psychosocial and physical health issues, including disparities in cancer-related behavioral risk factors and screening behaviors, compared with heterosexual, cisgender populations.2,3 However, there is scant research on the burden of skin cancers and their risk factors among sexual minority individuals. Potential sexual orientation disparities in the use of indoor tanning devices,4 one of the most preventable risk factors for skin cancers, remain poorly understood. This study compares the prevalence of any use and frequent use of indoor tanning devices among gay or lesbian, bisexual, and straight men and women using a population-based survey.

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