Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer

Your Skin Is In, Tanning Is Out

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Melanoma Foundation of New England is holding its 8th annual “Your Skin Is In, Tanning Is Out” pledge drive from this month until the end of April.

The program educates teens and young adults about the dangers of tanning and the link to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Schools that gather the most pledges from students not to tan can earn prizes.

This year’s campaign features melanoma survivors including Meghan Rothschild, a resident of western Massachusetts who was diagnosed when she was in college at 20-years-old.

“You know if someone had come to my college campus or my high school and talked about this and urged me to sign a pledge maybe I would have thought twice about my behavior and that’s really the goal,” Rothschild said. “The hope is that when these kids take the pledge they are taking something that triggers them to remember to be skin safe.”

Rothschild added that you should see a dermatologist once a year, check yourself for irregularities routinely, and wear sunscreen.

Click Here to learn more about the Melanoma Foundation of New England and their program.

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