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No tan is a safe tan

Stephanie and Adele seen in the middle

There is no such thing as a safe tan. People who start using indoor tanning equipment before the age of 35 have a 59% increased risk of getting melanoma. Tanning is out. Society staff and volunteers are committed to spreading that message and are fighting for legal changes that would prevent youth access to indoor tanning beds.

Adele Green and Stephanie Wong of Victoria have been passionate youth advocates with the Society for over 6 years. In addition to urging legal changes to prevent indoor tanning for minors, the 2 young women work tirelessly to change perceptions about tanning.

"The whole idea that I try to push … is a generational change – changing the idea that my age group needs to be tanned. The health risk factor isn't in the mind of anyone. But looking ahead, my sister is 8 years old and I have already ingrained it in her mind that she doesn't need to tan," says Adele.

Their focus and commitment has paid off in a big way. British Columbia has now passed legislation that prohibits youth from indoor tanning salons across the province.

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