EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Opinion

March 10, 2014

Letter: A tan isn't worth dying for

To the editor:

While cancer rates overall are decreasing, the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma, is rising at an alarming rate.

Today, New Hampshire’s melanoma rate is among the highest in the country. The disease is now the second most common cancer in girls and women ages 15-29.

Some of this rise is due to an increased use of UV tanning beds, especially in young women. The pressures to tan and get that beachy glow start early, long before these kids realize that by using a tanning bed before the age of 35 they’re increasing their risk of developing melanoma by 59 percent.

A tan isn’t worth dying for but try telling that to your teenage daughter. If legislation introduced in Concord goes through, you wouldn’t have to be the one to tell your daughter she can’t tan because it would put her life at risk; the law would.

This law would prohibit kids from using tanning beds, which are known carcinogens, just like cigarettes.

I urge our elected officials to vote to support the House Executive Department’s and Administration Committee’s recommendation that this bill pass and protect our kids from the potentially deadly damage caused by UV rays in tanning beds.

Nanci Carney

Salem, N.H.

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