‘Teens on Tanning’ Forums to be held on February 15 and 16 (2/6/13)

Concord, NH – As part of a growing national effort to prevent melanoma in teens and young adults, students from throughout New Hampshire will be taking part in educational programs offered by the Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE) in collaboration with the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC)

Two 'Teens on Tanning' Forums will be held in New Hampshire, including February 15 in Laconia and February 16 in Concord. The Teens on Tanning Forums are designed to educate high school students about sun safety and the risks associated with tanning.

At the Teens on Tanning forums, several young melanoma survivors will share their first-hand experiences about the effects of tanning. Participating teens will receive information and training to help them identify, plan and implement key initiatives at the community grassroots level to raise awareness about the dangers of tanning and adopt sun safe behaviors. Attendees will receive a community service certificate, healthy skin goody bag, T-shirt, pizza, and more.

Melanoma is the second most common cancer in teens and young adults age 15-29. The American Cancer Society estimated 470 new cases of melanoma would be diagnosed in New Hampshire in 2012, and the most likely causes include unhealthy tanning practices and exposure to the harmful UV rays of tanning beds. People who use a tanning bed just once a month before the age of 35 increase their risk of melanoma by 75 percent.

Last year, 70 New Hampshire high school students attended the 'Teens on Tanning' Forum held at Red River Theatres in Concord. Now in its third year, 'Teens on Tanning' has expanded to two forums in the Granite State.

The Teens on Tanning Forums are part of the Melanoma Foundation's "Your Skin Is In" program, a no-tanning pledge contest for high school and college students across New England. Over the past five years MFNE has encouraged over 250,000 students to sign a No-Tanning pledge through the Your Skin Is In program.

More Information about Teens on Tanning Forums:

• Friday, Feb. 15 – Pitman's Freight Room, Laconia, NH, 3 pm-7 pm. Register on-line or download and print the Registration Form.

• Saturday, Feb. 16 – Red River Theatre, Concord, NH, 10 am-2 pm. Register on-line or download and print the Registration Form.

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