The Challenge of Intentional Tanning in Teens and Young Adults

  • Olson A
  • Starr P
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Abstract

Changing UV exposure in adolescents and young adults has the potential to prevent years of excess exposure and subsequent skin cancer. Initial expectations were that an individual or media campaign informational approach would change this behavior. It is being recognized that current efforts have failed. Changing UV behaviors is challenging and has much in common with changing other health risk behaviors. The tanning industry benefits from recruiting new participants in this risky behavior. Research is just beginning to show some promising approaches, and will benefit from our experience attempting to change other risky behaviors. © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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