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Research Letter
May 2016

Associations Between Indoor Tanning and Substance Use Among Colorado High School Students

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora
  • 2Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver
  • 3Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Grand Rapids
  • 4Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado, Aurora
  • 5Department of Dermatology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora
  • 6Department of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado, Aurora
  • 7Dermatology Service, Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Denver, Colorado
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(5):575-577. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.5663

The World Health Organization classifies UV radiation as a group 1 carcinogen and deems the use of tanning devices that emit UV radiation a risk factor for melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.1 Nonetheless, about 1 in 5 adolescents have used a UV tanning bed in their lifetime.2

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