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A population-based survey on tanning bed use in Germany.

Börner FU, Schütz H, Wiedemann P - BMC Dermatol. (2009)

Bottom Line: The positive relationships of appearance and health related beliefs with tanning bed use are of great concern.The results indicate underlying misconceptions about the positive effect of artificial UV radiation compared to natural UV radiation particular for high-frequency tanners.The data shows the importance as well as the limitations for risk communication in its current effort to inform effectively about the dangers of artificial UV radiation.

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Affiliation: Institute of Neurosciences and Medicine, INM-8: Ethics in the Neurosciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany. f.boerner@fz-juelich.de

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Background: The suntanning industry has grown up over the last decade in Europe, mainly because tanned skin is considered socially desirable and attractive. Because of the potential negative impact of artificial tanning on public health, this study was to investigate tanning bed use behaviour, UV related risk perception and beliefs about tanning in the German population.

Methods: In 2007, a representative telephone survey was carried out among 1501 German residents aged 14 years and older.

Results: More than one fourth (28%) of the German population have used tanning beds at least once before in their lifetime. High-frequency tanning behaviour, i.e. using tanning beds more than 10 times per year, were recorded for 11%. Men and women aged 18 to 44 years and young women under the age of 18 used tanning beds more frequently (>10 times per year). Tanning bed use was positively related to appearance and lifestyle related beliefs as well as to the perception that tanned skin is healthy.

Conclusion: This analysis indicates that tanning bed use is common in Germany. The positive relationships of appearance and health related beliefs with tanning bed use are of great concern. The results indicate underlying misconceptions about the positive effect of artificial UV radiation compared to natural UV radiation particular for high-frequency tanners. The data shows the importance as well as the limitations for risk communication in its current effort to inform effectively about the dangers of artificial UV radiation.

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Comparison of tanning bed use by age & gender.
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Figure 1: Comparison of tanning bed use by age & gender.

Mentions: Slightly more female than male respondents used tanning beds more frequently (56% vs. 44%). Figure 1 exhibits significant gender related difference in tanning bed use for three of the five age groups.


A population-based survey on tanning bed use in Germany.

Börner FU, Schütz H, Wiedemann P - BMC Dermatol. (2009)

Comparison of tanning bed use by age & gender.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC2724378&req=5

Figure 1: Comparison of tanning bed use by age & gender.
Mentions: Slightly more female than male respondents used tanning beds more frequently (56% vs. 44%). Figure 1 exhibits significant gender related difference in tanning bed use for three of the five age groups.

Bottom Line: The positive relationships of appearance and health related beliefs with tanning bed use are of great concern.The results indicate underlying misconceptions about the positive effect of artificial UV radiation compared to natural UV radiation particular for high-frequency tanners.The data shows the importance as well as the limitations for risk communication in its current effort to inform effectively about the dangers of artificial UV radiation.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Institute of Neurosciences and Medicine, INM-8: Ethics in the Neurosciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany. f.boerner@fz-juelich.de

ABSTRACT

Background: The suntanning industry has grown up over the last decade in Europe, mainly because tanned skin is considered socially desirable and attractive. Because of the potential negative impact of artificial tanning on public health, this study was to investigate tanning bed use behaviour, UV related risk perception and beliefs about tanning in the German population.

Methods: In 2007, a representative telephone survey was carried out among 1501 German residents aged 14 years and older.

Results: More than one fourth (28%) of the German population have used tanning beds at least once before in their lifetime. High-frequency tanning behaviour, i.e. using tanning beds more than 10 times per year, were recorded for 11%. Men and women aged 18 to 44 years and young women under the age of 18 used tanning beds more frequently (>10 times per year). Tanning bed use was positively related to appearance and lifestyle related beliefs as well as to the perception that tanned skin is healthy.

Conclusion: This analysis indicates that tanning bed use is common in Germany. The positive relationships of appearance and health related beliefs with tanning bed use are of great concern. The results indicate underlying misconceptions about the positive effect of artificial UV radiation compared to natural UV radiation particular for high-frequency tanners. The data shows the importance as well as the limitations for risk communication in its current effort to inform effectively about the dangers of artificial UV radiation.

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Related in: MedlinePlus