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Mar 25, 2013 10:18 AM by Marissa Torres

Tanning dangers among teens

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 and says she's now she's 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."

Ann Goulet had it bad.

"It was almost like an addiction..."

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."



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