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On a warm August evening in Madrid tanned customers stream out of a tanning salon – even in sunny Spain, the need to catch some rays can become an addiction.Tanning salons emerged in the 1980s in the U.S., and researchers there have been talking about tanning addictions – dubbed "tanorexia" – since the 2000s.The symptoms are similar to those of heroin addiction, according to Joel Hillhouse, a professor of public health at East Tennessee State University in the United States who has studied the psychology of tanning.Australia has the highest rate of melanoma in the world with 11,000 cases per year.In Spain 3,600 cases of melanoma are diagnosed each year.There is still no specific treatment for addiction to tanning.Hillhouse recommends setting up support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and try to substitute tanning with relaxing activities like yoga.
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