STUDY: Tanned Gay, Bi Men at Greater Risk of Skin Cancer

A newly released health study shows that the indoor tanning trend is as popular as ever among gay and bisexual men, but you won’t find as many lesbians or bi women in tanning salons.

Gay and bisexual men are six times more likely than their straight counterparts to indulge in indoor tanning, according to scientists and as a result, are two times more likely to report skin cancer.

The research, which was conducted at the University of California, San Francisco, also looked at gay and bisexual women. The researchers found that lesbians and bisexual women are half as likely as straight women to engage in the use of indoor tanning methods, and it follows that they are half as likely to experience skin cancer as a result.

“One likely cause of more skin cancer among gay and bisexual men is greater exposure to ultraviolet radiation caused by indoor tanning,” said Sarah Arron, the associate professor at UCSF who led the study and the director of the school’s High Risk Cancer Program, in a statement on Newswise. “Many people, especially younger people, associate tanning with health and attractiveness, and unfortunately, that myth has serious consequences.”

Source: The Advocate

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