Forget the killer tan!
Are you graduating high school this year? Getting ready for the big day? No, not exams, the grad! Whether it's finding the perfect date, scoring the perfect outfit or making sure you arrive in style, the list of things to do is endless!
On top of this, you may be thinking about using tanning beds to get that "healthy glow". What you may not know is that tanning beds actually cause skin cancer.
In fact, melanoma skin cancer is one of the most common and deadliest types of cancer among young people between the ages of 15 and 29.
The good news is that it's preventable.
How you can fight back
This grad season, fight back against skin cancer by organizing a Tan-Free Grad campaign at your school and challenge your friends and fellow classmates to skip the tanning beds and go for that natural glow.
Signing up is just a click away
Organizing a Tan-Free Grad is an easy, yet powerful way to make your voice heard in the fight against cancer. (Not to mention that it counts towards your 40 hours!)
Tan-Free Grad Grants Program
School groups participating in Tan-Free Grad 2013 are eligible to apply for a $300 grant to help you and your team create an amazing campaign. Applying for the grant is easy: download the information package and apply online.
“When I was diagnosed with stage 2 melanoma at the age of 21, I wanted to stop every young person from indoor tanning. I decided to get involved with the Canadian Cancer Society and share my story to prevent others from going through what I did. You have the power to make a difference too by hosting a Tan-Free Grad at your school."
Kate Neale, Belleville Ontario
Top 5 killer facts about tanning and skin cancer
- There’s no safe way to get a tan. Tanning beds cause skin cancer.
- Melanoma skin cancer is one of the most common and deadliest forms of cancer in young people between the ages of 15 and 29.
- Tanning bed use before the age of 35 significantly increases your risk of developing melanoma skin cancer.
- UV rays from tanning beds can be five times stronger than the mid-day summer sun.
- Tanned skin is damaged skin. Even when the tan fades, the damage is still there.