Parents now have something else to worry about when sending their kids to college: unfettered access to tanning beds.
A new survey has found that up to half of apartment housing within a five-mile radius of the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University offer free on-site indoor tanning, often to minors (which is illegal).
And it’s not just Texas, either: Another recent study found that half of the top 125 colleges ranked in the U.S. News and World Report have indoor tanning either on campus or in nearby student housing.
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While indoor tanning may sound like the least of a student's campus concerns, it really is no joke, particularly for young people. In fact those who start using a tanning bed before the age of 30 have a 75 percent greater risk of developing melanoma, a particularly brutal kind of skin cancer.
“When students go to college they are exposed to a plethora of risk behaviors,” wrote Diana Bartenstein of Tufts University School of Medicine, who helped with the research. “We can now add indoor tanning to this list.” (Reuters)