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Professional Issues

Oncology Nurses and Indoor Tanning: Stylish or Risky Behavior?

Christina Marie Leong
Guadalupe R. Palos
CJON 2014, 18(3), 363-365 DOI: 10.1188/14.CJON.363-365

Being tan has become a social norm, and some nurses engage in that widely accepted lifestyle. Mounting evidence of the increased risk to melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers associated with indoor tanning supports the need for nurses to integrate skin cancer education, counseling, and referrals into routine practice. The current article presents an overview of the risks associated with indoor tanning, discusses its acceptance as a social norm, and offers strategies to support oncology nurses in changing the widespread trend.

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