Tanning “Buzz” Could Lead to Addiction

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 19, 2005   View Article

Just like the physical rush experienced by endurance athletes, sunbathers often feel a “buzz” after a long day at the beach. But scientists say this natural high can be fatally addictive.

“We treat a lot of patients who have tans and get skin cancer. We tell them to cut back [on their tanning], but they just can’t seem to stop,” said Richard Wagner, a dermatologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

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