According to Healio Dermatology (http://goo.gl/hTYBCy) of a recent article in JAMA Dermatology, people are turning away from indoor tanning. Using National Health Interview Survey data, researchers discovered the drop.

According to the article, “Between 2010 and 2013, indoor tanning reduced from 5.5% to 4.2% among all adults (P < .001). Among women, the rate reduced from 8.6% to 6.5% (P < .001) and among men, from 2.2% to 1.7% (P = .03). Male and female infrequent tanners, defined as tanning one to nine times per year, also had reductions: In males, the rate reduced from 1.4% to 1% (P < .05) and in females, from 3.7% to 2.8% (P < .01). Among women who were frequent tanners (at least 10 times per year), the rate dropped from 4.8% to 3.6% (P < .001).”

The Helio article stated that this drop is an encouraging sign of progress in the fight to prevent melanoma and keratinocyte carcinomas, such as basal and squamous cell carcinomas of the skin. Researchers were not able to determine if the cause of this drop was education or increased costs due to the 10 percent excise tax on indoor tanning that went into effect in 2010.

Researchers also stated that 7.8 million women and 1.9 million men in the U.S. continue to use indoor tanning on a regular basis. To reach these people, additional education on the dangers of indoor tanning is still needed.