San Diego, one the naturally sunniest spots in the nation, has more tanning salons than Starbucks or McDonald's, according to a San Diego State study on skin cancer out today.
"Even though it has been linked to both melanoma and squamous cell cancer, U.S. adolescents and young adults continue to use indoor tanning at high rates," said Joni Mayer, lead researcher for the Correlates of Indoor Tanning in Youth project at SDSU.
Researchers sought to find out if the higher availability of tanning salons could be tied to higher cancer rates.
The study calculated the density of indoor tanning facilities in 116 large U.S. cities and found that in 2006, tanning salons in San Diego, as well as nationwide, outnumber Starbucks or McDonald's.
Overall, the mean number of tanning salons in 116 cities is 41.8 compared to the mean number of Starbucks at 19 and McDonald's at 29.6.
The study is published in the March edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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