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Be Aware of the Dangers of Tanning for Prom

Teens across the country are getting ready for their high school prom, and for many young girls that includes visiting a tanning bed.

One young Michigan woman started her tanning habit for a school dance. Now she is lucky to be alive.

"I first started going tanning when i was a freshman in high school, just wanted to get tan for the school dance. " says Anne Goulet, cancer survivor.

Anne Goutlet had it bad.

"It was almost like an addiction." Says Goulet.

As a teenager she just couldn't stay away from the tanning salon.

"I would go everyday for 20 minutes."

Until a trip to the dermatologist.

At 19 Goulet was diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer.

"I almost wasn't shocked that i was diagnosed because i knew how much i did go tanning"

Teens and tanning especially girls, is at epidemic proportions, with nearly 1 in 3 girls in the 12th grade tanning on a regular basis.

Goulet is now 22, in college and cancer free. But she's warning other teenagers not to make the same mistake she did.

"It takes a person every hour. Its not worth losing your life just to have that tan."

If you can't give up the bronzed look, sunless tanning products and spray tans are a much safer option than the tanning bed.

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