Tanning is Out – Your Skin Is In!

Tanning is Out – Your Skin Is In!  Stay safe from the rays of the sun … even in the winter.  Megan Rothschild, a spokesperson for the Melanoma Foundation of New England came on Mass Appeal to tell us how we can take part.

The Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE) will hold its 7th annual Your Skin Is In Tanning is Out pledge drive from January 6 to April 30, 2014.  The Your Skin Is In program educates teens and young adults on the dangers of tanning and the direct link between tanning beds and melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.  All teens are invited to visit mfne.org and join others who have pledged not to use indoor tanning beds or intentionally tan outdoors – especially during spring break or prom season.  103.3 AMP Radio Boston, Six Flags New England and Brigham & Women’s Department of Dermatology are proud sponsors of Your Skin Is In.

By logging onto mfne.org, anyone can learn the facts about tanning and take the Tanning is Out pledge.  A video entitled “Exposed” features the stories of melanoma survivors explaining where they became “exposed” to melanoma and how it might have been avoided.  Girard stresses “While it is important to educate teens specifically about the dangers of tanning (2.5 million teens annually use tanning beds), melanoma can strike at any age and we hope community members of all ages will log on, watch the video, and take the pledge.”

7th Annual New England School Contest:

In the six New England states – MA, CT, RI, VT, NH and ME – MFNE will also hold a Your Skin Is In contest for area college and high school students during the same time period (January-April, 2014); schools that gather the most Tanning is Out student pledges can earn awards from a cash prize to t-shirts, gift certificates, trips to Six Flags New England, pizza parties and more.  Individual students or schools in the six New England states can register for the contest at www.mfne.org.  MFNE representatives and young melanoma survivors, including 10-year survivor and Peer Leader Meghan Rothschild (pictured above) will travel to participating schools across New England educating about the dangers of tanning, offering facial scans, and teaching teens and young adults about melanoma prevention.

The Facts about Teens & Tanning:
The World Health Organization has determined that UV rays from tanning beds cause cancer.

The increased risk of melanoma associated with early tanning bed use is 59% for people whose first exposure to artificial UV rays in a tanning bed occurred before age 35 years and that risk increased with the number of tanning bed sessions per year.

2.5 million teens use tanning booths each year including 35% of girls age 17 – many start as early as age 13.

Melanoma is the second most common cancer in teens and young adults ages 15-29.

It is not safe to tan in the sun or in a tanning booth. Using a tanning bed for 20 minutes is the same as spending 1-3 hours a day at the beach with no sun protection at all. Tanning beds put out 3-6 times the amount of radiation given off by the sun.

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