Years ago a friend asked me to drive them to the tanning salon. I was less than thrilled by this plan, but carried it out with much grumbling. It’s not much better than driving someone to the store so they can pick up cigarettes, and it bothers me.
Here’s a disturbing report about kids lying to pay to experience fake sunlight with dangerous UV radiation. An example case that could have turned out worse:
Kate Neale, 22, of Belleville, Ont., was diagnosed with melanoma in June 2011. She recalled the phone call she received from her doctor when her biopsy results came in.
“I dropped the phone and hung up on the doctor because I was in so much shock,” Neale said.
Kate Neale of Belleville, Ont., says she started using tanning beds when she was 16 years old, and tanned regularly for five years after graduating from high school. (CBC)
“I called my mom and I was hysterical and I said, ‘You need to call the doctor’s office because I can’t talk to them.’”
Neale said she started using tanning beds at the age of 16, against her parents’ wishes.
After graduating from high school, she worked in a tanning salon and tanned regularly for five years, she said.
Neale said she thought she knew all the facts about indoor tanning because she was trained on the topic.
“Now I see that I was brainwashed by the industry, but [at the time] I thought I was really well-trained,” she said.
“There was also a sense of guilt because I was tanning’s biggest advocate. I encouraged everybody — my family members, 16-year-old cousins — to tan.”
Neale said she is thankful her melanoma was caught early — she is cancer-free today — but the outcome can be very different for others.