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Don’t Just Sit There


Contest Rules
Take a stand against tanning bed use. Tanning is a dangerous trend that has contributed to melanoma becoming the second most common form of cancer for 15-29 year olds.  Find out what the existing tanning bed restrictions are in your state. Are there any?  Is there a current bill in place to change them?  Do you think there should be further restrictions?  If so, contact your local or state legislators to let them know why you are concerned and urge them to protect minors from the serious health risks associated with indoor tanning.
Inform your town and school newspapers about the current tanning bed laws and what you think should be done.  Submit an article including the facts of tanning, the statistics of tanning bed use, your reasons for concern, etc.  Include the point of view from other related organizations, for and against.  For example, what is the American Academy of Pediatrics’ view, what about the Indoor Tanning Bed Association?

Your submission to legislators and/or newspapers must:

  • Reflect your own research, writing and original thinking
  • Be typed
  • Have a minimum of 3 paragraphs and no more than 2 pages
  • Include:
    1. A description of the existing tanning bed restrictions for minors in your state
    2. Mention of any current bill in place to change existing tanning bed laws
    3. Your opinion about any current restrictions and if you think additional limits should be made
    4. Why you are concerned and what you think should be done
    5. At least 3 facts from our Facts of Tanning Document.

To Enter the Contest

First, click here to register.  When you are ready to submit your entry proceed below.

Submit a copy of the article or letter you provided to your local or state legislators and/or newspaper to IMPACT Melanoma including a title page (not considered text) with the following information:

  1. Where and whom you sent/submitted the letter/article
  2. Was there any response from the legislator and/or newspaper/public?  If so, what was it?
  3. Description of why you entered the contest
  4. Your name
  5. Your school name, city, state, zip
  6. Your home address, city, state, zip
  7. Your phone and email

Send to:
Your Skin Is In Student Contest
IMPACT Melanoma
490 Virginia Road
Concord, MA 01742

Or email it to Amy Mason at

Entries must be postmarked on or before the contest due date of April 16, 2013. Entries will not be returned; they become property of IMPACT Melanoma. IMPACT Melanoma may reprint the article/letter for promotional and educational use. Appropriate citations will be given to the submitter.

IMPACT Melanoma staff and selected volunteers will judge the letter/article using the following criteria:

• Accuracy of facts and statements
• Convincing and compelling arguments

For questions contact Amy Mason at or 800-557-6352.

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People who use tanning beds before the age of 35 increase their melanoma risk by 59%.
The World Health Organization has determined that UV rays from tanning beds cause cancer.
Melanoma kills one person every 50 minutes. It's the second most common cancer for 15-29 year olds.
Getting more sun won't increase your Vitamin D level, but it will increase your risk of skin cancer.
Tanning beds put out 3-6 times the amount of radiation given off by the sun.


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