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Jun 25 2019

For Some, Tanning Isn’t About a ‘Healthy Glow’ — It’s an Addiction

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Both genetic and psychiatric factors may play a part in tanning ‘addiction,’ according to a recent study from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.



“In our research we found that people with certain genotypes in DRD2 dopamine receptor genes are at higher risk of indoor tanning addiction, and those with elevated depressive symptoms are, too,” lead author and associate professor of oncology Darren Mays, PhD, told Healthline.“We also found some evidence of an ‘interaction’ between these two factors, meaning those with certain genotypes in DRD2 genes and elevated depressive symptoms may be at an even greater risk,” he said.



Mays and colleagues analyzed survey responses from almost 300 non-Hispanic white women in the Washington, D.C. area, who were ages 18 to 30 and who used indoor tanning beds, sunlamps, or sun booths.The participants responded to questions about values and behaviors that might predispose a person to a tanning addiction, as well as questions to determine if they had symptoms of depression.

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