Deb Girard, MFNE’s Executive Director, praised Waltham High School for committing to the Your Skin Is In program and learning the truth about tanning. She said, “Teens want to believe that ‘it can’t happen to them,’ or that it’s safe to just get a ‘base tan’ before the prom or before spring break. The truth is that there is no safe tan - whether in a tanning booth or outside in the sun - tanning can lead to skin cancer.” She adds, “2.5 million teens annually use tanning beds. Through Your Skin Is In we’ve been able to reach a quarter million students and we hope the message resonates throughout adulthood. By taking the Tanning is Out Pledge these students become empowered to take charge of their own health, and become advocates for safe skin-care.”
For any teens or young adults interested in learning more about the dangers of tanning, they can log onto mfne.org and watch a video entitled “Exposed” featuring young melanoma survivors explaining where they became “exposed” to melanoma and how it might have been avoided. Individuals or schools interested in participating in the 2015 Your Skin Is Program can call 800-557-6352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.