There are nearly 22,000 tanning salons across the United States, serving about 28 million customers.
Out of the 28 million people who tan indoors, 2.3 million are teens.
70% of people who go to tanning salons are white females between 16 to 29 years old.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization’s International Agency of Research on Cancer panel stated that ultraviolet radiation from the sun and artificial sources from tanning beds are known to be cancer-causing.
Although the amount of radiation produced during indoor tanning is similar to the sun, it may be stronger in some cases.
Melanoma rates have increased in the last three decades. About 76,000 U.S. adults will be diagnosed with the cancer-type this year. About 9,200 are expected to die from the disease.
The risk of melanoma is 75% higher for people who start tanning indoors before the age of 30.
Indoor tanning can lead to skin aging, immune suppression and eye damage.
Only one-third of people use sunscreen while tanning.
58% of adolescent tanning bed users have burns due to constant exposure.