I was also diagnosed with melanoma when I was 37. I caught it early because I knew what to look for. My dad died from melanoma when he was 50, so when I found out I had it I was terrified. I know it was from tanning bed use because none of my 4 siblings have had it, and I am the only one who has used tanning beds.

I faithfully used sunblock and was careful not to burn when outside. I wish I had known the risks of tanning beds at the time. I thought I was getting a “safe” tan. When my dad was ill I researched the disease and treatments. In 1993-94, the research showed this disease was most common in farmers in their 40′s or 50′s who had a lot of sun exposure working outside. Look how things have changed! This is almost criminal – the risk they’ve put young people in!