A new study finds that gay and bisexual men use tanning beds more frequently than straight men. The use of tanning beds is strongly associated with skin cancers, especially melanoma (the most dead form of skin cancers).
Campaigns to dissuade people from using tanning beds usually target straight women, as they’ve been the most frequent users of tanning beds. These new data show that gay and bisexual men use tanning beds just as frequently as straight women. Lesbian and bisexual women were less likely than straight women to use tanning beds.
Tanning beds should not be used for cosmetic reasons. While many perceive a tan as “healthy” or enjoy the experience of tanning, tanning damages the skin and raises the risk of skin cancer.
Want to read the study for yourself? It’s publicly available!