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QuickStats: Percentage of Teens Aged 14--17 Years Who Used Indoor Tanning Devices During the Preceding 12 Months, by Sex and Age --- United States, 2005*

* Data are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population.

The World Health Organization recommends that no person aged <18 years use a tanning bed because of the associated increased risk for skin cancer. In addition, CDC recommends that school programs to prevent skin cancer advise students to avoid using sunlamps and tanning beds. Nonetheless, in 2005, 8.7% of teens aged 14--17 years used indoor tanning devices. Girls aged 14--17 years were seven times more likely to use these devices than boys in the same age group. The use of indoor tanning devices increased with age from 14 to 17 years.

SOURCES: National Health Interview Survey, 2005. Available at

World Health Organization. The World Health Organization recommends that no person under 18 should use a sunbed. Available at

CDC. Guidelines for school programs to prevent skin cancer. MMWR 2002;51(No. RR-4).

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