“Melanoma Monday” is the first Monday of May – and the kick-off of May Melanoma Skin Cancer Month with special activities nationally and locally. Also known as National Skin Self-Examination Day. People are encouraged to examine their skin for skin cancer.
On this day, please also consider and share these facts about Indoor Tanning:
- Indoor tanning is considered a carcinogen by The World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer, The American Medical Association, American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Academy of Pediatrics
- The risk of melanoma is increased by 75% when exposure to tanning beds occurs before the age of 30 (Lancet 2009)
- In the Skin Health Population Study, researchers found that those using tanning beds often were 2.5-3x more likely to develop melanoma thana person who never tanned indoors
- The Australian Melanoma Family Study identified 76% of the melanoma in patients between the ages of 18-39 to be attributed to tanning bed use
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