Averill Park students warned of tanning bed dangers

November 16, 2016 01:16 PM

AVERILL PARK - High Schoolers in Averill Park got an important message Wednesday, stay out of tanning beds.

The attorney general's office is teaming up with the melanoma foundation to warn students.

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The attorney general's office says tanning salons promote misleading and even downright false claims to get teens to use them.

Melanoma survivors say no tan is worth the cancer that can follow.

Students filled the auditorium at Averill Park High School to listen to the presentation.

A scientist from Attorney General Eric Schniederman's office says that tanning salons have claimed that tanning is healthy for you, or that it can even cure cancer.

However, the World Health Organization lists tanning beds as a carcinogen, or something that actually causes cancer.

Students watched two videos of melanoma survivors who talked about their experiences with the disease and the importance of inspecting your skin.

A melanoma survivor spoke to the students, talking about her own story as she was diagnosed with stage two melanoma at the age of 20 after starting to tan regularly at 17.

"I think it’s important for students to realize this is a cancer that affects their age demographic. It’s the second most common for young people ages 15 to 29, but it’s preventable and it’s curable when it’s caught early enough. So everything having to do with melanoma is all about the protection and early detection," explained Meghan Rothschild with the Melanoma Foundation of New England.

The presentation is part of the "Your Skin Is In" campaign.

You can watch some of the videos the students saw, below:

Dear 16-year-old me



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