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Summer’s personal story

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My exposure to indoor tanning began at the age of 18 and initiated under the false idea that a “base tan” prior to vacation was healthy. I am a fair-skinned female and received very little information on the risk that I was then undertaking. After years of intermittent tanning bed use, I was diagnosed with melanoma in situ on my lower left leg at the age of 26.

Since that time, I have completed my pharmacy doctorate, started a family, and have been diagnosed with a second atypical lesion in January of this year. Now with a young child of my own, I am passionate and dedicated to increasing awareness to this growing epidemic.