Presenter Information

Fawna Playforth

Department

Environmental Health Science

Degree

Graduate

Abstract

•Among the types of cancer diagnosed every year, skin cancer is the most common. Of all skin cancers diagnosed, basal and squamous cell skin cancers affect about 2.2 million and melanoma affects more than 76,000 Americans each year (ACS, 2013b). •Tanning bed use has been associated with a 59% higher risk of melanoma and is particularly dangerous for people who begin tanning younger than age 35 (CDC, 2013b). The data from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey found the highest prevalence rates of indoor tanning were among white women aged 18-21 (31.8%) and 22-25 (29.6% (CDC, 2012). This is the traditional college age for most universities in the Midwest and south •In KY, the rate of new melanoma cases was 14 % higher than the national average during 2002-2006 (EPA, 2010). With the lack of education interventions and policies to reduce indoor tanning, it is estimated in 2014 there will be 1,540 new cases of melanoma across the state (ACS, 2014).

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Poster

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Expected Graduation Date

2014

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College Students’ Behaviors, Perceptions, Beliefs, and Attitudes Regarding Tanning Bed Use

•Among the types of cancer diagnosed every year, skin cancer is the most common. Of all skin cancers diagnosed, basal and squamous cell skin cancers affect about 2.2 million and melanoma affects more than 76,000 Americans each year (ACS, 2013b). •Tanning bed use has been associated with a 59% higher risk of melanoma and is particularly dangerous for people who begin tanning younger than age 35 (CDC, 2013b). The data from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey found the highest prevalence rates of indoor tanning were among white women aged 18-21 (31.8%) and 22-25 (29.6% (CDC, 2012). This is the traditional college age for most universities in the Midwest and south •In KY, the rate of new melanoma cases was 14 % higher than the national average during 2002-2006 (EPA, 2010). With the lack of education interventions and policies to reduce indoor tanning, it is estimated in 2014 there will be 1,540 new cases of melanoma across the state (ACS, 2014).