Tanning beds have been long understood to be a major risk factor in developing melanoma. Yet many people across the U.S., especially teens and young adults, continue to use tanning salons regularly, despite laws in 36 states that restrict their use among minors, according to an article in today’s New York Times. In fact, people who start using tanning beds before age 30 are 75% more likely to develop melanoma, which is among the most common cancers for women under 30.
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Melanoma is a risk even for those who abstain from tanning beds. Jonah E. of Brooklyn, NY came to CancerCare for help after being diagnosed with melanoma at the age of 28. He met with an oncology social worker for free counseling, and learned ways to cope with his anxiety and fears. Today, he is better able to manage the emotional challenges of his diagnosis.
Read Jonah’s story of help and hope.
CancerCare’s Melanoma Helpline is staffed by professional oncology social workers and provides reliable information, emotional support, and helpful resources to people facing melanoma. Call the Melanoma Helpline at 877-MRF-6460 (877-673-6460).
Along with counseling and our helpline, CancerCare also offers free publications, including Treatment Update: Melanoma. Our free fact sheet, “Staying Safe in the Sun,” provides tips on protecting your skin from sun damage. We also offer Connect Workshops that can be replayed as podcasts, including “Advances in the Treatment of Metastatic Melanoma.”
Learn more about the free services we offer to people facing melanoma.