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.