UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine

Publication Date

9-1-2017

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Communication | Neoplasms | Preventive Medicine | Skin and Connective Tissue Diseases | Social Media | Telemedicine

Abstract

The incidence of skin cancer is rising in the U.S., and melanoma, the deadliest form, is increasing disproportionately among young white women. Indoor tanning is a modifiable risk factor for all skin cancers and continues to be used at the highest rates in young white women. Adolescents and young adults report personal appearance-based reasons for using indoor tanning. Previous research has explored the influences on tanning bed use, including individual factors as well as relationships with peers, family, schools, media influences, legislation, and societal beauty norms. Adolescents and young adults also have high rates of social media usage, and research is emerging on how best to utilize these platforms for prevention. Social media has the potential to be a cost-effective way to reach large numbers of young people and target messages at characteristics of specific audiences. Recent prevention efforts have shown that comprehensive prevention campaigns that include technology and social media are promising in reducing rates of indoor tanning among young adults. This review examines the literature on psychosocial influences on indoor tanning among adolescents and young adults, and highlights ways in which technology and social media can be used for prevention efforts.

Keywords

social media, tanning beds, skin cancer, indoor tanning, young adults

Rights and Permissions

Copyright 2017 American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

DOI of Published Version

10.1016/j.amepre.2017.04.027

Source

Am J Prev Med. 2017 Sep;53(3S1):S86-S94. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.04.027. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

American journal of preventive medicine

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

28818251

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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