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The $343 Million Tan

Researchers from the University of North Carolina have discovered tanning devices cost the United States $343.1 million annually in healthcare costs, due to their association with skin cancers. In 2015, there were 263,600 cases of skin cancer related to indoor tanning that caused a total economic loss of $127 billion over the lifetime of those affected. UV-A radiation damages cells and DNA, while UV-B radiation causes burning, and both cause skin cancer. Even with all the data linking indoor tanning to skin cancer, an estimated 30 million people report using indoor tanning devices at least once a year -- an increase over the last 20 years.

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