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May 30, 2014

Dear Abby: Family wishes woman would give up tanning

Dear Abby: I love my daughter-in-law and I am afraid she is harming herself because of her addiction to tanning. Her boys are in high school and cannot remember their mother without a really dark tan. One son told his classmates in grade school that his mother was African-American when they were doing African-American studies. (She’s Caucasian.)

My son says he cannot convince her to “lighten up” a bit. I don’t know what to do. I am ...

So Concerned For Her In Illinois

Dear So Concerned: You are right to be concerned for your daughter-in-law. For years, dermatologists have cautioned the public about the dangers of exposure to the sun. With the invention of tanning beds, the rates of melanoma among young people have soared. For anyone who isn’t aware, melanoma is an aggressive type of skin cancer that can be fatal.

Tanning can be addictive, and you should urge your daughter-in-law to discuss this with a dermatologist. Because tanning also causes premature aging of the skin, she should explore “sunless tanning,” which is much safer.

Dear Abby: I’m 18. My boyfriend, “Matt,” and I have been together for a year and a half, and I’m leaving for college this fall. Matt will be attending community college nearby.

I have been told that the next four years are the best years of life, and I want to live them to the fullest. In order to do that, I want to be single so I can have a good time and be a little reckless without worrying about him.

I love Matt and would one day like to marry him, but since he’s only my third boyfriend, I want to find out what other fish are in the sea before I settle down. What should I do?

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