Following the publication of a paper in the March issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology about the reasons behind excessive tanning, Everett Clinic dermatologist Dr. Robin Hornung has been contacted by national media to share her expertise.
Dr. Hornung is known for her research in skin cancer prevention and indoor tanning issues and her article Tanning Addiction: The New Form of Substance Abuse appears on the Skin Cancer Foundation, skincancer.org.
Dr. Hornung talked frankly about her concerns about tanning. “I hope we get to a point where tanning beds are considered as harmful as cigarettes,” she told The Fix, a website about addiction and recovery. “I applaud the many states that are moving toward tighter regulations on tanning beds and those that are banning tanning beds among minors.”
Dr. Hornung was part of the original group testifying to create tanning bed laws in Washington and was quoted in the Everett Herald in an article about alternatives to sun-tanning, "Sun tanning beds have large amounts of radiation, more than the sun,” she said. “The sun is probably safer. Ideally, I don't want them to get a tan. What tanning means is there has been DNA damage in the skin. The DNA damage is what triggers the tanning response.”
Read Dr. Hornung’s comments:
- Scientists May Have Found Humankind's Original Addiction in The Huffington Post
- Tanning Addiction. For Real. in The Fix
- Fake without the bake: Spray-on tanning increasing in popularity in The Herald