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Tanning beds linked to spike in skin cancer

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AUSTIN, Texas -

Tanning salons are just about everywhere these days. Madeline Jones even worked at one in Houston.

"Some people would tan every day and just have leather skin," she said.

A recent study says if you are tanning indoors-- especially before you turn 25-- you are at a significantly higher risk for skin cancer.

In 2010, a 10-percent tax was added by the feds, making this pricey hobby even more expensive. Still, nearly 6 percent of Americans choose to have a bronze glow.

Doctors say the biggest misconception is that tanning beds are better for you than outdoor sun.

"You get a tan, but you don't really know you are getting damaged," said Dr. Susan Dozier, a surgeon.

The reality is, according to the analysis, indoor tanners are 67 percent more likely to develop skin cancer than someone tanning outdoors.

"I am seeing more skin cancers. I actually just removed skin cancer from a relatively young man who said in a conversation who said he had used a tanning bed before the age of 25," Dozier said.

Preventing it? Choose an alternative option.

"If they can't embrace the color they are, at least do it in a safer way like out of a bottle or a spray tan," Dozier said.

Vermont passed a law last year banning indoor tanning by minors. So did California. Brazil went even further, banning indoor tanning altogether.

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