Take a Stand, Don’t Tan! Pledge
I HAVE DECIDED TO TAKE A STAND!
Because I know that just one blistering sunburn can double my chances of developing melanoma later in life.
Because I know that the tanning industry makes about $5 billion each year and makes false claims about tanning beds being healthy for me.
Because I don’t need a tan to look good.
Because melanoma is the most common form of cancer in young adults (25-29 years old) and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults (15-29 years old).
Because in 2009 the World Health Organization moved tanning beds into its highest cancer risk category – “carcinogenic to humans”.
Because I know that using tanning beds before age 35 increases my risk of developing melanoma by 75 percent and occasionally using tanning beds can triple my chances. Because, even though it is dangerous, indoor tanning has become so popular that there are more than 60,000 tanning salons in the United States – compare that to 11,000 Starbucks stores and 12,000 McDonald’s restaurants.
I, ________________________, on this day, ___________, do hereby pledge that I will avoid tanning in the sun or in tanning beds so that I can protect myself from melanoma and other types of skin cancer.
To take this pledge online or to get more involved, please visit www.melanoma.org!www.melanoma.org
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