Health & Fitness There are more tanning salons where gay men live, according to study, and they might be causing skin cancer
Almost a THIRD of doctors and nurses claim they are not confident enough on sun safety to advise patients how to avoid skin cancer
Scientists from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found less than half of the 1,500 medics surveyed regularly advise patients to wear sunscreen and sit in the shade.
Researchers in the US have discovered that there are more tanning salons in neighbourhoods with high numbers of gay men – and that this could be raising skin cancer rates.
For the study, researchers looked at data of households where there were male same-sex couples across 4,091 census tracts,
They then looked at the distribution of tanning salons in the same cities and founds that the odds of living near a tanning salon were twice as high in areas with high numbers of male couples.
Research is important as gay men experience higher rates of skin cancer than heterosexual men.
“This matters because gay men already experience many health disparities and also have higher rates of skin cancer,” Dr Eleni Linos, one of the study’s authors said.
The truth about sunbeds and tan safety
We look at the safety concerns associated with sunbeds and the truth about skin cancer risk.
She said that tannings beds are “a known carcinogen” and that having more of them available in neighbourhoods with high concentrations of gay men is problematic.
Gay and bisexual men are six times as likely as heterosexual men to use tanning salons, whichof skin cancer.
This matters because gay men already experience many health disparities and also have higher rates of skin cancer.
Researchers examined the rates of tanning salons in 10 US cities: Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, Dallas, Phoenix, Portland, Denver and Washington D.C.
They also looked at other factors such as the percentage of white residents and the number of young women living in these areas, but they did not affect the outcome significantly.
'Tan lover' warns of sunbed danger after she is left with skin cancer scar
Warning: this feature contains graphic imagery. A self-professed tan lover has spoken out about the dangers of using sun beds after her 25-year-long habit lead to skin cancer. Erica Brook, 43, used to have sunbeds almost daily from the age of 15 before reducing her visit to the tanning salon to only twice a week in her 30s. She would no longer be permitted to use sunbeds from such a young age, as the Sunbeds Regulation Act 2010 has since made it an offence for someone operating a sunbed business to permit under-18s to use them. The former flight attendant and model, who is a mum of one, also went without sun protection on holiday.
Research has previously found a need to target gay and bisexual men with preventative measures.
Researchfound that gay and bisexual men were more likely to use tanning beds and also experienced higher rates of skin cancer than heterosexual men.
At the time, reserachers said that there was a strong need to target gay and bisexual men with preventative measures.
The research – which was published in JAMA Dermatology – involved 78,500 straight men, more than 3,000 gay and bisexual men, 108,000 straight women and 3,000 lesbians.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has claimed that indoor tanning beds are in no way safer to use than outdoor tanning.
Despite this, tanning salons remain persistently popular among various cohorts of society.
Sun-worshipper, 41, who used tanning beds six times a week for decades reveals she was left with a gaping hole in her nose after developing skin cancer .
WARNING: GRAHPIC CONTENT. Rebekah Rupp, 41, from Morrison, Oklahoma, started using the machines in her teens and loved the confidence that having a bronzed glow gave her. But in December 2018 she went to a dermatologist after noticing a white itchy spot appear on the tip of her nose, which was removed and sent off for testing.Days later the teacher was told she had basal cell carcinoma - a type of skin cancer -and needed surgery to remove cancerous tissue from her face.The gash has now cleared after the mother-of-two had skin grafted from her forehead.
Melanoma on Your Nail?
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. But do you know what it looks like when it's in your nail bed? Subscribe to The Doctors: ...
George Hotz | Programming | Exploring checkm8: a brand new iOS bootrom exploit by axi0mX
Date of stream 28 Sep 2019. Live-stream chat added as Subtitles/CC - English (Twitch Chat). Stream title: Exploring checkm8: a brand new iOS bootrom exploit ...