New Haven Woman Asks Teens to Stay Away From Tanning Beds

Published 05/07 2014 01:51PM

Updated 05/07 2014 02:07PM

Prom is here and many teens headed to the tanning salon before the big dance.  A young woman from New Haven is asking teens to stay away from tanning beds.

At just 28 years old, Mallory Douglas was recently diagnosed with Melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer.

In a special report, WFFT's Audra Streetman speaks with Mallory and a dermatologist about the danger of tanning.

Mallory Douglas is naturally fair skinned with light eyes and light hair but in high school prom pictures, she says she wanted to be tan.

Mallory would tan in a bed every day for a month leading up to prom or a vacation.  It was a trend popular among her friends.

This year, her dermatologist made a startling discover.

She isn't alone as Melanoma is the most common form of cancer among young adults between 25 and 29 years old.  It's also one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer.

Dermatologist Doctor Tom McGovern surgically removed Mallory's skin cancer before it could spread.  According to him, skin cancer is not always genetic.  In Mallory's case, she had no family history of skin cancer.

There is no such thing as a safe tan, outdoors or at a salon.  Many teens are unaware of the dangers that frequent tanning presents.

Skin cancer is the most common form of all cancers.  More than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the US.  That's more than all other cancers combined and these rates are on the rise.  The good news is there are steps you can take to prevent yourself.

Indiana Legislators are working to prevent teens from tanning.  This past legislative session, they passed a bill banning youth under 16 from tanning in beds.  Governor Pence signed that bill into law on March 25th.

A similar bill that would ban tanning for youth under 18 failed to pass last year.

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