Take a Stand Pledge Sheet

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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