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Table 1 Demographic characteristics for undergraduate students (n = 2668)

From: Intentional tanning behaviors among undergraduates on the United States’ Gulf Coast

Variable N (%)
Age
 18 years old 254 (9.5)
 19 years old 509 (19.1)
 20 years old 455 (17.1)
 21 years old 410 (15.4)
 22+ years old 1040 (39.0)
College Year
 Freshman 555 (20.8)
 Sophomore 589 (22.1)
 Junior 723 (27.1)
 Senior 801 (30.0)
Sex
 Male 818 (30.7)
 Female 1844 (69.3)
Race
 White 1838 (68.9)
 Black or African American 480 (18.0)
 Other 350 (13.1)
Alabama resident
 Yes 2119 (79.6)
 No 544 (20.4)
Immediate family member with history of melanoma
 No 2015 (75.6)
 Yes 184 (6.9)
 Don’t know/Not sure 465 (17.5)
Fitzpatrick score
 Fitzpatrick Type I/II 395 (14.8)
 Fitzpatrick Type III 780 (29.3)
 Fitzpatrick Type IV 875 (32.8)
 Fitzpatrick Type V/VI 617 (23.1)
Number of lifetime blistering sunburns
 None 955 (35.8)
 1–2 1030 (38.7)
 3–5 508 (19.1)
 6 or more 172 (6.5)
Outdoor tanner
 No 936 (35.1)
 Yes 1732 (64.9)
Ever spray tanned
 No 2033 (78.2)
 Yes 566 (21.2)
Ever indoor tanned
 No 1236 (47.7)
 Yes 1353 (50.7)
Currently use tanning beds
 No 1054 (69.6)
 Yes 461 (30.4)
Intend to use tanning bed next month
 No 2312 (87.1)
 Yes 343 (12.9)
Intend to use tanning bed next 12 months
 No 2208 (83.2)
 Yes 447 (16.8)
Preferred method of tanning if time, convenience, and price not factors
 Tanning beds 105 (23.4)
 Tanning outdoors 267 (59.5)
 Spray tan 72 (16.0)
 Other 5 (1.1)