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Counseling Patients to Avoid Indoor Tanning Comment on “Prevalence and Characteristics of Indoor Tanning Use Among Men and Women in the United States”

Robert P. Dellavalle, MD, PhD, MSPH
Arch Dermatol. 2010;146(12):1361-1362. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.354.
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A practice gap exists when health care providers do not maximally fulfill their potential to benefit their patients. Given the high prevalence of indoor UV tanning (18% of women and 6% men), we need to ask whether a gap exists regarding primary care physicians or dermatologists counseling patients to avoid indoor UV tanning. This topic remains controversial for a number of reasons.

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