FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Feb. 7, 2013
Contact: John Clayton
Tel: (603) 415-4255
Young Melanoma Survivors Speak to Teens in NH about Tanning Risks
‘Teens on Tanning’ Forums to be held on February 15 and 16
Concord, NH – As part of a growing national effort to prevent melanoma in teens and young adults, students from throughout New Hampshire will be taking part in educational programs offered by the Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE) in collaboration with the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC)
Two ‘Teens on Tanning’ Forums will be held in New Hampshire, including February 15 in Laconia and February 16 in Concord. The Teens on Tanning Forums are designed to educate high school students about sun safety and the risks associated with tanning.
At the Teens on Tanning forums, several young melanoma survivors will share their first-hand experiences about the effects of tanning. Participating teens will receive information and training to help them identify, plan and implement key initiatives at the community grassroots level to raise awareness about the dangers of tanning and adopt sun safe behaviors. Attendees will receive a community service certificate, healthy skin goody bag, T-shirt, pizza, and more.
Melanoma is the second most common cancer in teens and young adults age 15-29. The American Cancer Society estimated 470 new cases of melanoma would be diagnosed in New Hampshire in 2012, and the most likely causes include unhealthy tanning practices and exposure to the harmful UV rays of tanning beds. People who use a tanning bed just once a month before the age of 35 increase their risk of melanoma by 75 percent.
Last year, 70 New Hampshire high school students attended the ‘Teens on Tanning’ Forum held at Red River Theatres in Concord. Now in its third year, ‘Teens on Tanning’ has expanded to two forums in the Granite State.
The Teens on Tanning Forums are part of the Melanoma Foundation’s “Your Skin Is In” program, a no-tanning pledge contest for high school and college students across New England. Over the past five years MFNE has encouraged over 250,000 students to sign a No-Tanning pledge through the Your Skin Is In program.
More Information about Teens on Tanning Forums:
- Friday, Feb. 15 – Pitman’s Freight Room, Laconia, NH, 3 pm-7 pm. Register on-line or download and print the Registration Form.
- Saturday, Feb. 16 – Red River Theatre, Concord, NH, 10 am-2 pm. Register on-line or download and print the Registration Form.
About the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration
The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) was established in 2004 to address one of the leading causes of death in New Hampshire (NH). The NH CCC is a dedicated partnership of individuals and organizations committed to eliminating cancer in the state. The NH CCC developed the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan to address the following priorities: preventing cancer by creating environments that support a healthy lifestyle; increasing early detection of cancer through screening; improving the treatment of cancer and quality of life for people living with cancer; and reporting on the latest cancer research. For more information about the NH CCC and the NH Cancer Plan, visit www.NHCancerPlan.org.
About the MFNE:
MFNE is a non-profit organization that works to reduce the incidence of melanoma in the New England region. As the largest non-profit in the region dedicated to skin cancer awareness and early detection, MFNE provides a variety of free education programs targeting the prevention of skin cancer for children, teens and adults. MFNE’s Your Skin Is In program was recognized by the American Academy of Dermatology with a Gold Triangle award in 2009. MFNE also assists patients and their caregivers struggling with melanoma by offering support groups and their "Billy's Buddies” program. Learn more about MFNE at www.mfne.org.
The Facts about Teens & Tanning:
· The World Health Organization has determined that UV rays from tanning beds cause cancer.
· People who use tanning beds once a month before the age of 35, increase their melanoma risk by 75 percent.
· 2.5 million teens use tanning booths each year including 35 percent of girls age 17 – many start as early as age 13.
· Melanoma is the second most common cancer in teens and young adults ages 15-29.
· It is not safe to tan in the sun or in a tanning booth. Using a tanning bed for 20 minutes is the same as spending 1-3 hours a day at the beach with no sun protection at all. Tanning beds put out 3-6 times the amount of radiation given off by the sun.