Indoor Tanning Association blames Mayo cancer findings on your pale skin

The Indoor Tanning Association is fighting back against a recent Mayo Clinic study that found higher rates of skin cancer in those who use tanning beds, and Minnesotans are getting caught in the crossfire.

A letter released by the association claims that the Mayo study was flawed because the population studied in Olmsted County is much paler and more Scandinavian than the general population of the United States, meaning they were more vulnerable to skin cancer.

The Mayo study found an eightfold increase since 1970 in skin cancer rates for young women and suggests tanning beds are to blame.

"Young women are more likely than young men to participate in activities that increase risk for melanoma, including voluntary exposure to artificial sunlamps."

But the ITA says Mayo got it wrong, and that the real culprit is our ancestors and the pale skin they passed down to Minnesotans.

"It is also important to look at the population they studied, young adults in Olmsted County, Minnesota," reads the association's press release. "Minnesota has a disproportionately high population of fair-skinned people of Scandinavian/Nordic ancestery who, because of their skin type are at a higher risk for melanoma skin cancer. This group is not representative of the US population as a whole."

Indoor Tanning Association blames Mayo cancer findings on your pale skin

Perhaps the Mayo should focus its next skin cancer study on the Jersey shore?

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