Teens and Tans Survey

Tans risky for teens and they know it

A new survey suggests teen-agers realize the dangers of tanning, but don't worry about them.

Nearly 80 percent of the youngsters in the study by the American Academy of Dermatology said they know about the cancer risks associated with tanning. But two-thirds of them said they think people look better with tans and most of those admitted they got sunburned last summer.

The dermatology group recommends avoiding the sun in the middle of the day, wearing hats and using sunscreen.

The survey of 12-to-17 year olds shows girls are more likely than boys to exercise some caution. More than a  million Americans develop skin cancer every year.