Quesnel grads pledge to go tan-free

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Tanning is OUT! campaign has reached the Cariboo and a whopping 71 per cent of Correlieu grads have pledged to go tan-free for grad.

Eight northern B.C. high schools were challenged to stand up to skin cancer and commit to being tan-free for their graduation.

“For our generation, tanning is the new tobacco” stated one youth leader in Canadian Cancer Society’s promotional campaign video, which featured Northern students.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tanning beds can give you up to five times more radiation than exposure from the sun.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure from tanning is a known carcinogen, with melanoma skin cancer being the most common form.

And for people between the ages of 15-29, the most common type of cancer to affect them is melanoma.

Fortunately melanoma is preventable.

One simple way to cut your chances, according to the Canadian Cancer Society, is to do what these Correlieu grads are pledging – stay out of the tanning beds.

Did you know that even moderate use of beds had been found by the WHO to increase the risk of melanoma by 75 per cent when used before the age of 35?

One of the great things about the campaign is that the community has really jumped on board.

Many local businesses have donated incentives to the grads- for instance the City of Quesnel is offering grads a discount on admissions to the recreation centre.

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Another important aspect of the campaign is the fact it caused youth to step up into leadership roles to educate their peers about the harmful effects of tanning.

Grade 12 students at eight Northern high schools were in competition to secure commitment from their peers for a tan-free grad.

The peer leaders had one month to collect pledges.

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Tanning is OUT! campaign has reached the Cariboo and a whopping 71 per cent of Correlieu grads have pledged to go tan-free for grad.

Eight northern B.C. high schools were challenged to stand up to skin cancer and commit to being tan-free for their graduation.

“For our generation, tanning is the new tobacco” stated one youth leader in Canadian Cancer Society’s promotional campaign video, which featured Northern students.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tanning beds can give you up to five times more radiation than exposure from the sun.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure from tanning is a known carcinogen, with melanoma skin cancer being the most common form.

And for people between the ages of 15-29, the most common type of cancer to affect them is melanoma.

Fortunately melanoma is preventable.

One simple way to cut your chances, according to the Canadian Cancer Society, is to do what these Correlieu grads are pledging – stay out of the tanning beds.

Did you know that even moderate use of beds had been found by the WHO to increase the risk of melanoma by 75 per cent when used before the age of 35?

One of the great things about the campaign is that the community has really jumped on board.

Many local businesses have donated incentives to the grads- for instance the City of Quesnel is offering grads a discount on admissions to the recreation centre.

For information check out www.facebook.com/