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Tan free grad

What is the Tan Free Grad?

The Tan Free Grad is offered by Cancer Society staff and volunteers to a select number of schools in Manitoba. Buy in and support from the Grad Council or a group of key student leaders is essential. Campaign leaders will be trained on challenge elements and will lead the challenge in the school, with the support of the Cancer Society. The campaign leaders will collect pledges from fellow students, asking them to be tan free for their graduation.

What is the goal?
The goal of the Tan Free Grad is to increase awareness amongst graduating students about the dangers of UV radiation as many participate in pre-grad tanning. The challenge was designed to create social change through a peer to peer based model, empowering students to be the influencers amongst their friends modeling the concept that “Tanning is Out.”

What resources are available to students?
To make this challenge a success in your school we have created a Tan Free Grad Toolkit that students can use to engage their classmates. Most materials will be available to student electronically, including; a planning guide, myths and truths, shocking statistics, SunSense guidelines, and the pledge sheet. Tan Free Grad leaders will therefore be armed with the information needed to educate their fellow classmates and help them make an informed choice.

What role do the Tan Free Grad leaders have?
• Getting the message out to the students about the challenge
• Planning the pledge week
• Educating their fellow students leading up to graduation
• Celebrating the big night!

When you expose your skin to Ultraviolet (UV) radiation you increase your chances of getting skin cancer - the most common type of cancer.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and one of the most common kinds of cancers affecting young people between the ages of 15 and 29. It is mostly preventable.

UV radiation, from the sun and particularly from indoor tanning devices causes skin cancer. A review of current evidence published in the British Medical Journal showed that people who first started using indoor tanning equipment before the age of 35 have a 59% increased risk of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

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