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Health Dept. Trying To Deter Teens From Tanning With Video Challenge

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new survey reveals how many Minnesota teenagers are increasing their risk of getting skin cancer.

A new Minnesota Department of Health study found that 34 percent of white girls in the 11th grade admitted to using tanning beds over the last year. More than half of them tanned indoors 10 or more times.

Teenagers under 16 years old need parental permission to tan. Studies have shown that the increased UV rays from tanning beds significantly increase the chances of melanoma.

The Health Department wants teenagers to help spread the word of tanning bed dangers. It’s holding a video challenge with cash prizes.

Find out more here.

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