Melanoma Monday, mommies, and tanning beds

Melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – is increasing at a quicker pace among females 15-29 years old than in males of the same age group.

And it’s not just because these young women are spending time at the beach or by the pool.

Studies show the use of indoor tanning beds increases an individual’s risk of melanoma by a whopping 75 percent.

Care to take a guess as to which teens are more likely to overlook the risks of developing skin cancer in pursuit of a golden brown glow?

A recent survey by the American Academy of Dermatology  found that a large percentage of Caucasian teen girls and young women who use tanning beds reported that their mothers also use tanning beds.

In fact, indoor tanners were four times as likely (42 percent) to indicate that their mothers use tanning beds than those respondents who were not indoor tanners (10 percent).

And the tanning bed habit appears to be gaining traction within families. Indoor tanners were more than twice as likely to have a family member who used a tanning bed (65 percent) compared to their non-indoor tanning peers (28 percent).

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month®. Read tips on how to stay safe in the sun this summer from our RAK archives.

Visit to find “31 Days 31 Ways to prevent and detect melanoma,” find out how to perform a self-exam and see images of melanoma in different stages.

Know a teen or young adult – or even a mom -who can’t imagine there’s any harm in indoor tanning? Share this powerful video, “Dear 16-year-old Me,” and hear firsthand stories from melanoma survivors.


5 responses to “Melanoma Monday, mommies, and tanning beds

  1. Pingback: Dear 16-year old me | Qatato

  2. Thank you for this important reminder for parents that children are watching and learning from our example. Skin cancer is showing up in younger and younger people and it’s so important for parents to set an example by covering up in the sun, wearing sunscreen and appreciating their natural skin. As an Arizona native, skin cancer survivor and parent, I founded to provide access to great products that make sun protection easy and convenient for parents so they can protect themselves and their children.

  3. Hi Vicki. That app looks great. I’ve been obsessing over the EWG’s website and trying to find the perfect “safe” natual sunscreen that doesn’t leave me looking white. I think I have found one finally that is given a high rating with the EWG and is naturally tinted. It’s called Green Screen and I plan to add it to our selection at soon. I just want to use it a little more to make sure I really love it before passing it on to our customers. Do you have a favorite natural sunscreen?

  4. hi again Gina- my sis gave me a big pump bottle container of Super Goop SPF (on the EWG list) 30 for Christmas that I use every day- you can’t even tell it is sunscreen. I also love Purple Prairie lotion and stick (also on the list) although it does have a ton of zinc and does give one a “lightened” look- but it is very, very effective, especially if you’re sending kids off to hike or you’re taking a dip in the ocean!

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