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November 24th 2009



Clare Oliver

Table Of Contents


Title Page— pg. 1


Lead story: Clare Oliver — pg. 2

2. Secondary stories—pg. 2 & 3

4. Bibliography— pg. 4

Clare Oliver died on September 13th 2007 at the age of 26 after a devastating fight with melanoma[8]. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and the most common form of cancer in women between the age of 15-29[12]. It is caused by overexposure to UV rays (ultraviolent radiation that come from the sun[15]) which can damage skin, hair, and eyes[15]. Clare was frequently in the sun and visited tanning bed often but rarely used proper protection. After being diagnosed with melanoma her views on having a perfect tan changed. "Here I am, 25 and I've been told that I've got only a few weeks to live and I don't think anything - you know, solariums, looking good, having a golden tan - is worth that," she said[8]. She fought cancer for four years and took advantage of the little time she had left to live. "I'd much rather be pale, have my life and be able to travel the world again, and go out and work and do what normal 25-year-olds do," she said[8]. She now has an organization called The Clare Oliver Challenge. In honor of Clare, people are asked to register and „Ban the Tan this summer‟ by staying properly protected from the sun and raising money for melanoma research. Background information from [14]

Christine Truitt Christine Truitt valued a golden tan ; she would visit tanning beds often from the age of 16 to her early twenties twice daily for 45 minutes. At age 29 she was diagnosed with melanoma but luckily survived. Just like her In 2005, 53,792 people were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin, and unfortunately 8,345 people died from it[2]b. Background information from [7]

Philippa Ashford ●

5. Resources—pg. 4

Philippa is from lived in Australia and grew up in the sun. She frequently got bad sunburn and remembers her fair skin blistering often. She has no doubt that it was the cause of the melanoma found in her leg. “Having a tan seemed glamorous back then but there‟s nothing glamorous about my life now. I go to the specialist every six months to have skin cancers removed. I often need stitches that have to be removed a couple of weeks later. It‟s not an experience I would wish on anyone.”[8] Background Information from [8]****]


Lexi Lewis Lexi Lewis grew up in Aberdeen, SD and, just like the others, she cared about having a perfect tan. She began tanning in tanning beds at a young age and continued until she was a senior in highs school. “I never thought of the consequences. I just knew it made me look thinner, prettier, and feel more confident. ” [11]. Lexi noticed a mole on her arm that looked the same as the rest in shape and size but was darker than the rest. She visited a doctor to get it removed and it was then sent to a lab to be analyzed . “I'll never forget the look on my mom's face or the sound of her voice when she answered the phone and heard my doctor's voice on the other end tell her that I had malignant melanoma -- skin cancer. She just looked so shocked and scared. ” [11] Malignant melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and causes about 75% of skin cancer deaths[12]. After this she had the rest of her body checked for any dangerous moles and sure enough more were found and removed. Now Lexi is sure to keep herself protected and has even tried to pass laws to ban tanning beds. Background information from [11]

Stacey Escalante Stacy Escalante called her self a “tanorexic”, or someone who was addicted to tanning. She lived in Southern California and frequently visited the beach with out any sun protection and coated in baby oil. She later moved to an area that was so hot she would skip tanning in the sun and go straight to a tanning bed almost regularly , especially in the winter. When she was just 34 she was diagnosed with stage III malignant melanoma. She had a tumor in her back that had spread through her body and it had to be removed. She was unable to see her kids for seven months while she was in treatment. “All my life I heard about skin cancer but I never knew that it could be that serious. I consider myself well educated, a graduate of UCLA, but I was very ignorant when it came to skin cancer. I'm finding I'm not alone. ”[10] Now she encourages people to protect themselves from the sun and is a part of a skin cancer awareness foundation. Background information from[10]

Detection and Prevention Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and its estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will get[12], so it is important that people know how to protect themselves. Any say you see the sun you should have on sunscreen with a minimum of 15SPF meaning sun protective factor[11]. The amount of SPF you use depends on how quickly you burn; the faster you burn the higher SPF you should use. It is also important to know what skin cancer looks like on you skin so you can catch any possible problems early. You should check yourself at least once a month and it only takes about 5 minutes al long as you A.B.C.D. A is asymmetry; check all your moles and make sure they are symmetric. B is border; the border of your moles should be easy to see, it should not be irregular or blotchy. C is color; your moles should not be multicolored. D is difference; there should be no difference in your moles every month. If you notice any problems with your moles after you‟re A.B.C.D check you should visit a dermatologist. [4]


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