A New AAD Survey Reveals It’s All in the Family
When it Comes to Indoor Tanning

Although I grew up with a sun worshiping mother, I turned out to be an SPF-loving shade-seeker. That’s not necessarily the norm though. According to the results of a new survey by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), a large percentage of Caucasion teen girls and young women who use tanning beds are following the example set by their own mothers. Indoor tanners were more than twice as likely to have a family member who used a tanning bed (65 percent) compared to those who tan outdoors (28 percent). In fact, indoor tanners were four times as likely (42 percent) to note that their moms also use tanning beds as opposed to respondents who were not indoor tanners (10 percent). “Mothers who tan indoors are not only putting themselves at risk for skin cancer but they also may be putting their daughters at risk,” says dermatologist Ellen S. Marmur, MD, FAAD, associate professor of dermatology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. “The survey shows how influential mothers can be on their daughters’ behavior, and that is why it’s critical for mothers to set a good example by not tanning.”  Needless to say, mothers don’t always know best.

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