A recent study by the American Academy of Dermatology revealed an alarming trend in skin cancer rates among Caucasian women. “Research presented at the 2019 American Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting in New York shows that between 1970 and 2009, rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, have increased 800% among women ages 18-39.”

The data suggests the use of tanning beds is one of the factors to blame for the spike. It is important to educate girls about the harmful effects of tanning beds. According to the study, “Even one indoor tanning session can increase a user’s lifetime risk of developing melanoma by 20%.  Melanoma Rates Rise Steeply Among Women Ages 18 – 39%, squamous cell carcinoma by 67% and basal cell carcinoma by 29%.”

The RDK Melanoma Foundation’s mission is to save lives through education about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, especially melanoma. Establishing sun safety habits and discouraging the use of tanning devices can greatly reduce the risk for developing skin cancer.

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