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Dear Breast Cancer Awareness Supporters….
We in the Melanoma Awareness Community need your help. You may have heard that some of us have “Pink Envy.” In reality, I believe we have Pink Inspiration (read this post to see what I mean). In truth, we’re as interested in the awareness of ALL cancers as much as you are. But as it turns out, those that wear the Pink seem to get more press and attention…and that’s why we need your help.
A friend of mine attended a fund-raising 5K run last month in honor of Breast Cancer Research and Awareness. One of the door prizes was a free month of appointments at a local tanning salon. More recently, tanning salons have been offering discounted tanning sessions for every person that wears pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. A pink ribbon was even spotted on a bottle of tanning lotion.
In case you didn’t know, tanning is a direct contributor to melanoma…the deadliest form of skin cancer. It’s the second leading cancer of women under 39, behind breast cancer. It’s the MOST COMMON form of cancer in young adults age 25 to 29. Some (much) of this is attributed to UV ray exposure…the same UV rays in tanning booths and the sun.
Everything is covered in pink in October. It’s a sign of your incredible awareness campaign. We are envious, but we are inspired. However, the placement of pink ribbons upon tanning products is a step too far. This would be the same as placing your pink endorsement upon cigarettes. Tanning booths and cigarettes are both recognized carcinogens…cancer-causing agents.
I know that you, the typical member of the breast cancer community would not endorse the placement of pink ribbons on anything associated with cancer. So I ask you to speak out. Contact your local organization and encourage them to withdraw any support to the placement of pink ribbons on anything tanning related. Tell those that display your ribbon as a means to promote their tanning business that you’re offended.
We all stand up together in the fight against cancer. All cancer. Please help us in the fight against melanoma by withdrawing any association with skin cancer-causing activities.