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High School and College Students Take No-Tanning Pledge to Stay out of Tanning Beds for Proms and Spring Break
Date:2/4/2010

CONCORD, Mass., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- College freshman Jillian Saley has sworn off tanning booths. An avid tanner, Saley recently got a dose of harsh reality when she heard a melanoma survivor's harrowing story. Saley had gone to a Melanoma Foundation of New England presentation and heard Meghan Rothschild tell her story. Rothschild went through an agonizingly painful operation that resulted in eight lymph nodes being removed; her body is covered with scars and she has had more than 20 subsequent operations to remove pre-cancerous moles. Rothschild, who had been a dedicated tanner when she was younger, is one of the organizers of the Foundation's Your Skin Is In program.  She was diagnosed with melanoma when she was 20.

"When I heard about Your Skin Is In, I had no intention of letting something like a No-Tanning Pledge program influence me," said Saley, a student at Western New England College in Devens, MA "but Meghan's story literally made me sick to my stomach. I will never go into a tanning bed again."

Saley and thousands of other college and high school students are taking part in the Melanoma Foundation of New England's No-Tanning Pledge contest -- Your Skin Is In -- with the goal of increasing awareness about the dangers of tanning.

"The statistics are pretty scary," says Kelli Pedroia, Red Sox wife and the Foundation's spokesperson for Your Skin Is In. "If you use a tanning booth once a month before the age of 35, your chance of getting melanoma increases by 75%. Not only that, melanoma is the second most common cancer in teens and young adults ages 15-29. It's no coincidence that the sharp increase in melanoma in recent years is tied to tanning."


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