Skin cancer doesn't deter some from using tanning beds

07/9/2013 | Reuters

Fifteen percent of 178 people diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma continued to use tanning beds after treatment, and more than half of those patients had symptoms of dependence, according to a study in JAMA Dermatology. Some patients may be addicted to tanning, and new interventions could be required, the lead researcher said. "If you take skin cells in culture and expose them to UV light, they make endorphins, those feel-good molecules," said dermatologist Steven Feldman, who was not involved in the study.

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