Tan-aholics not just teenagers

March 10, 2008 3:28:46 PM PDT
Campaigns against indoor tanning aimed just at teens may be missing the mark. Just as many older people do it .

A study by Fox Chase Cancer Center shows that 20 per cent of those visiting tanning salons are 50 years of age or older.

Shari Croy is one of them.

She says she once couldn't get by without a tan,."I had my own tanning bed for 7 years, and called it my own "florida room" downstairs."

And now, she's one of a fast-rising number of Americans battling skin cancer.

Contrary to popular belief, tanning beds give out the same ultra-violet radiation the sun does.

Shari hopes folks of all ages will heed the warnings about tanning before it's too late.

Taking off her hat to show her bald head due to chemotherapy, she says, "It's definitely not worth it. Definitely not worth a pretty tan when it changes your life dramatically later in life."

Fox Chase researchers say more studies are needed on tanning among adults.