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Health Alert: Study shows some people who tan do not get skin cancer screenings

Dermatologists recommend skin cancer screenings, which could save lives.

Posted: Apr 5, 2018 7:21 AM

HEALTH ALERT -- There is an important reminder to be aware of the risks that come with tanning, whether it is outside or not. A new study shows people who tan are not getting the skin cancer screenings that could be lifesaving. 

Dermatologists say getting a "base tan" damages your skin and anyone exposed to UV radiation needs to be checked out regularly for signs of melanoma, which is the type of skin cancer that can be deadly.

Researchers say indoor tanners were least likely to get screened. But, people who have had skin cancer, or have a close relative who has, were more likely to get screened.

Researchers also say people who do not tan or use spray-on tanner were found to be wealthier and more health conscious.

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