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Indoor tanning puts girls at risk for skin cancer

Despite warnings about the serious health dangers of indoor tanning, results from this year’s Minnesota Student Survey confirm that a large percentage of Minnesota high school girls are tanning indoors.

Thirty-four percent of 11th grade white females reported they had tanned indoors in the last year, and more than half of them tanned indoors 10 or more times.

Indoor tanning beds deliver 10 to 15 times more ultraviolet radiation than natural sunlight, boosting the user’s risk of developing melanoma by at least 59 percent. Melanoma is the second most common cancer among females ages 15 to 29 years old, according to Minnesota cancer registry data.

The MN Department of Health is encouraging high school students to create short videos to share information on the dangers of tanning.        

For more information on the UVideo Challenge, including Challenge prizes, guidelines and key dates, visit the website:

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