Health & Fit I Tanned Daily as a Teen and Got Skin Cancer at 25

02:51  19 may  2017
02:51  19 may  2017 Source:   Cosmopolitan

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As a young teenager looks are so important - it’s the time when, I think, you’re most concerned about what people think about you and how you appear on the outside. Since that day in 2015 when I got told [ I had skin cancer ], I ’ve never been back to tanning bed.

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I first started tanning the summer I went to freshman prom - for my prom look, I decided like, Duh, I need to be tan. So I started using a tanning bed and I loved it; it was the most relaxing moment of my day. It was warm and comfortable, and I [got to the point where] I could even take a nap in the tanning bed! And then, being tan, I loved how that looked.

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As a young teenager looks are so important - it’s the time when, I think, you’re most concerned about what people think about you and how you appear on the outside. So I went tanning every single day for the maximum time I was allowed. I even sprained my ankle really bad in volleyball at one point, and had a walking cast and crutches, and I still went tanning every day. Those were some tan lines. This went on for two or three years - my whole time in high school, I was literally a tanning bed addict. And then [on top of] tanning beds, in the summer months, I would lay out every chance I got or go hang out at the pool. My family and I boated, so I was always out on the lake. I was not safe in the sun, not really ever applying sunscreen. I was just always worried about being extra, extra tan and if I burned, I burned. It really was an addiction.

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It was warm and comfortable, and I [ got to the point where] I could even take a nap in the tanning bed! And then, being tan , I loved how that looked. [Editor's note: Certain types of moles are believed to increase a person's risk of developing skin cancer .] But the biopsies kept coming back negative.

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