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Indoor tanning and tanning dependence in young people after a diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma
UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • Brenda Cartmel, Yale School of Public Health
  • Leah M. Ferrucci, Yale School of Public Health
  • Peter Spain, Yale School of Public Health
  • Allen E. Bale, Yale University
  • Sherry L. Pagoto, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • David J. Leffell, Yale University
  • Joel Gelernter, Yale University
  • Susan T. Mayne, Yale School of Public Health
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Date
9-5-2013
Document Type
Article
Medical Subject Headings
Adult; Behavior, Addictive; Carcinoma, Basal Cell; Female; Humans; Male; Questionnaires; Skin Neoplasms; Sunbathing; Survivors
Abstract

Individuals who have had basal cell carcinoma (BCC) are at high risk of subsequent BCCs and melanoma. Indoor tanning is an established risk factor for BCC, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. As such, continuing to tan indoors after a BCC diagnosis may elevate one’s risk for future skin cancers. Skin cancer survivors have sun protection behaviors that are similar to those of the general population, but little is known about their indoor tanning behavior. Notably, research suggests that some individuals develop tanning dependence, analogous to substance dependence,which could be related to continued indoor tanning. To understand better the patterns of and reasons for indoor tanning after BCC diagnosis, we assessed indoor tanning and symptoms of tanning dependence in people who had received at least 1 BCC diagnosis before age 40 years.

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Citation: Cartmel B, Ferrucci LM, Spain P, Bale AE, Pagoto SL, Leffell DJ, Gelernter J, Mayne ST. Indoor tanning and tanning dependence in young people after a diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma. JAMA Dermatol. 2013 Sep;149(9):1110-1. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.5104.

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PubMed ID
23824273
Citation Information
Brenda Cartmel, Leah M. Ferrucci, Peter Spain, Allen E. Bale, et al.. "Indoor tanning and tanning dependence in young people after a diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma" Vol. 149 Iss. 9 (2013) ISSN: 2168-6084 (Electronic)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sherry_pagoto/94/