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Dependence on tan?

September 13 2005

University of Texas conducted a study during which they interviewed 145 visitors to the beaches on the island of Galveston. They were asked questions, very similar to those used in the questionnaires to determine alcohol dependence. The results showed that 26% to 58% may be called dependent on ultraviolet rays. Experts say that fans of sunbathing may suffer almost the same dependence as alcoholics or drug addicts. This may explain why hundreds of men and women continue to tan despite the risk of skin cancer. "Most visitors to the beach know that sunlight can cause skin cancer, just like smokers know that smoking leads to lung cancer. But they, and others simply can not stop," - said the head of research, professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Richard Wagner. A possible explanation for the fact that tanning is addictive, can be assumed that the sun's rays stimulate the production of endorphins in the body or the "hormone of joy." However, studies on this subject have not yielded unambiguous results. Dr. Leslie Christenson, author of a recent study, which revealed a significant increase in skin cancer among people younger than 40 years, said: "Previous studies have shown that the sun helps to relieve stress. However, a powerful factor remains the widespread belief that a tan - indicator of the health and beauty. " According KM.RU.

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