Survey: Teens don't know tanning bed risks

May 10, 2011 2:25:00 PM PDT
A new survey says many teens don't know the cancer risks associated with tanning beds.

The American Academy of Dermatology polled more than 3,800 white females ages 14 to 22 from across the country. The survey found that 43 percent of indoor tanners said they had never been warned about the dangers of tanning beds by tanning salon employees.

Thirty percent said they hadn't noticed any warning labels on tanning beds.

Tanning bed facilities are not currently required to verbally warn customers about health risks of UV radiation.

The survey also found younger tanners were twice as likely to believe tanning beds are safer than the sun.

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