Sexual minority males have one of the highest known prevalence rates of skin cancer, at 4.3% to 6.6% (an increased odds of 1.5 to 2.0) compared with heterosexual males.1 One likely explanation for this health disparity is sexual minority males’ use of indoor tanning, a Group 1 carcinogen.2 Indeed, recent research has found elevated indoor tanning among sexual minority men.3 However, no known studies have examined indoor tanning by sex, sexual orientation, and race/ethnicity, casting uncertainty regarding which groups are most vulnerable for developing skin cancer. Furthermore, no known studies have explored these relationships among youth, a salient limitation, given that indoor tanning before the age of 35 years is associated with disproportionate risk of developing skin cancer.
Blashill AJ. Indoor Tanning and Skin Cancer Risk Among Diverse US YouthResults From a National Sample. JAMA Dermatol. Published online December 28, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.4787