I would NOT have spent SO much time laying out in the sun, trying to keep my fair skin tan. Even though I grew up where everyone was tan...I would have done it different.
How does a teenager even comprehend how their actions will affect their adult life? Anyone over 25 is OLD. How do we inform teenagers that it is SO very dangerous to engage in certain activities such drinking and driving, having unprotected sex, and TANNING? How does tanning even fit into this category? Well, it does! The facts are overwhelming.
AS I read in one of the melanoma awareness blogs I keep track at :
I realize how important it is to continue to share with people howdangerous skin cancer is! Melanoma is SO extremely dangerous!
As stated on the webpage for the Skin Cancer Foundation: http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/tanning
"MELANOMA SOARS AMONG YOUNG ADULTS
If I knew now what I know now...... I would not tan with baby oil for hours on the beach until I was baked and burned! I would not have used that tanning bed to accelerate my "tan"! I would want to know how I would be fighting for my life in 2011 and that all my efforts to tan would end me up like this:
to eventually this:
to my last round of bio chemo:
to having this after the surgery to remove the dead tumor:
So, please do not tell me that skin cancer is only skin cancer.... and let us all protect people from the dangers of tanning...because I am 1 out of 5 stage IV survivors....who is alive to talk.