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NEWS RELEASE · 27th February 2012
Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society BC & Yukon launched its 2nd annual Tan-Free Grad Challenge, and secondary school students across BC are set to fight back against cancer by encouraging their classmates to forego the “prom tan”, and instead, rock it in the skin they’re in.

“We have lots of great events planned to help spread the word about the dangers of tanning, everything from anti-orange days to powerful speeches planned throughout the month of March” says Danica Devost, Caledonia Senior Secondary Student. “By sharing the link between cancer and tanning with our grad class and having fun doing it we’re hoping to fight cancer and keep our grad cancer from putting themselves at risk for cancer just to look good for grad”.

Melanoma skin cancer – the most severe form of skin cancer – is the third most common form of cancer for people between the ages of 15 and 29. In an effort to prevent skin cancer, grade 12 students from northern high schools are leading the Challenge by educating their peers on the dangers of Ultraviolet radiation from both the sun and indoor tanning equipment and collecting pledges from fellow students to be tan-free for their graduation.

“We know that there is no safe way to get a tan and that any use of indoor tanning equipment before the age of 35 can increase a person’s risk of melanoma” says Kerensa Medhurst, Health Promotion Coordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society. “With teens still accessing tanning beds, we have our work cut out for us”.

Last year, over 3,000 students across British Columbia pledged to be tan-free for their graduation and the Society hopes to increase this number significantly by engaging over 30 schools in 2012.

In addition to the Challenge, the Society is advocating to the BC government to follow the lead of Nova Scotia and Southern Vancouver Island by banning indoor tanning for youth under 18—a recommendation that is shared by leading health organizations such as the World Health Organization, the BC Medical Association, the Canadian Paediatric Society, the Canadian Dermatology Association, the Medical Health Officers of BC and the BC Centre for Disease Control.

A recent poll commissioned by the Society shows that three-quarters of British Columbians would support restricting youth access to indoor tanning equipment. Make your voice heard. The Society has created a special web-link at where BC residents can write a letter to the Health Minister, telling him that legislation prohibiting indoor tanning for those under 18 is not directive, but rather health protective.
Hint of jealousy? WT?!?!
Comment by MaggieJo Johnson on 28th February 2012
Hey, Manion. Welcome back to the dialogued forum. You flew the coop for a bit there. Where did you go this past while?

You think I host jealousy cuz people tan?! PHA HA HA HA HA! OMG! Breathe...breathe.. Oh oh... here I go again. PHA HA HA HA!

I almost spewed up my tea after reading your comment as I was laughing my head off!

Please, Manion....feel free to approach these young girls who are spearheading this necessary topic to PERSONALLY relay to THEM during this endeavor that they must be doing so outta the mere intent that they are jealous of tanned chicks for bringing up this topic in the first place. Chop chop. Hurry up.

Put your money where your mouth is. I dare you! Go on...tell these girls who are spearheading this project that the only reason they are doing so, is cuz they're jealous of tanned chicks.

Okay...I'm still laughing out loud here. I need a recovery breather...
Vanity of Vanities...
Comment by MaggieJo Johnson on 28th February 2012
Vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

In this day and age it is most discouraging to hear that our female counterparts are STILL not getting it that they believe they will be more fully accepted in the social realm IF they have tanned skin.

PHA HA HA HA! That's so 90's!

Who RAISES these kids?!?!

To the males reading this article. If you are more inclined in pursuing a tan skinned chick as opposed to the healthy skinned chick standing beside her...take the time to ponder on their high-maintananced emotional shortcomings to risk their own health just to be "accepted" by their male counterparts. BIG RED FLAG RIGHT HERE, boys! Think about it.

My sons don't need high-maintenance emotional chicks like THAT in their lives. My sons can do as they wish, but my one-time verbal advice to them in this regard while I keep my mouth shut afterwards, is...

R-U-N !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cuz if these girls are so high maintenance already... it's never gonna end.
Sunny..not so Funny!
Comment by Pat#1 on 28th February 2012
I moved up here in 2006 from sunny K-Town..

I have been eaten alive from black flies ever since...
My 'tan' has relocated. I am the 'shade of pale' you hear about.

Every spot of sun I find up here, I move so fast I should be on the Daily Planet as a new entry!

You can hear me bitch and moan...

"Why isn't there more sunshine?"
"Please cut down more trees from the yard"
"Jeez I miss K-Town!'

then I look at my sun damaged skin.
the freckles that did not come wih my Irish heritage.
my laugh lines that are no longer funny.


I am thankful I no longer bake on a beach (I can't because it's no longer right there!)

One day the blackflies and I will come an agreement! ( Somehow I doubt it! lol )

I am thankful for moving up north and ending my addiction to the warm bed.

I have spent a good portion of my earnings and gifts I requested from friends and family, on the warm happy place we call 'the tanning bed'. I loved looking 'healthy'. (sic)

But at the end of it all..

I am still living here, (6 years later and a few shades lighter) much happier and healthier for it!