Teens across the country are getting ready for their high school prom and for many young girls that includes visiting a tanning bed.
One young Michigan woman started her tanning habit for a school dance and now she is lucky to be alive.
"I first started going tanning when I was a freshman in high school, just wanted to get tan for the school dance," Anne Goulet said.
The experience turned into an obsession. "It was almost like an addiction."
As a teenager, Anne just couldn't stay away from the tanning salon. "I would go everyday for 20 minutes." Until a trip to the dermatologist.
At 19, Goulet was diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. "I almost wasn't shocked that I was diagnosed because I knew how much I did go tanning."
Teens and tanning especially girls, is at epidemic proportions, with nearly 1 in 3 girls in the 12th grade tanning on a regular basis. Goulet is now 22, in college and cancer free. But she's warning other teenagers not to make the same mistake she did.
"It takes a person every hour. Its not worth losing your life just to have that tan."
If you can't give up the bronzed look. Sunless tanning products and spray tans are a much safer option than the tanning bed.
You can get more safety information from the Skin Cancer Foundation.
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