Indoor Tanning Use by Teenagers Also Linked to Risky Behavior

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Government research has linked indoor tanning by teenagers with other risks including binge drinking, unhealthy dieting and sexual activity.

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found these behaviors were more common among high school students who used tanning beds than teens who don't. Drug use among girls and smoking among boys were also linked.

Those results are in a CDC analysis of 2009-11 national surveys.

About 1 in 5 high school girls reported indoor tanning in 2011, which is down from earlier years. Indoor tanning was less common among boys.

Skin cancer is linked with tanning and the most serious kind, melanoma, is rare but increasing in teens.

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