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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