By Richard Nelson, managing editor, May 02, 2011
Because they are the group most likely to tan and seeing their rate of skin cancer increase more quickly than their male counterparts, the Academy surveyed Caucasian females between 14 and 22 years of age. A total of 3,824 of them answered questions about their tanning knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors, including 31.6 percent who said they tan indoors. The overall survey results have a margin of error of approximately 1.6 percent at the 95 percent confidence level; subgroups have larger margins of error. A total of 5.234 teenagers were invited to complete the survey; 1,332 were eliminated for demographic reasons (they were male, non-Caucasian, or their parents did not give them permission to participate) and an additional 78 did not answer enough questions to be included in the data set. Data were weighted based on the 2010 U.S. Census figures for age and geographic area. More survey data is available at www.aad.org/stories-and-news/news-releases.