Judy Noble Cloud has made her battle with skin cancer a public one. She doesn’t want to see young girls make the same mistakes she made. In a lengthy Facebook post on her page, Cloud states, “This Is Skin Cancer. This is the result of using tanning beds when I was younger.” She goes on to detail the long battles pain and costs.
On September 2, I had my fourth surgery to remove cancerous spots. The skin cancer keeps coming back. This was the most invasive skin cancer surgery I’ve had yet. I had a three-hour surgery, and I was under general anesthesia. I spent two hours in recovery. I had 23 places surgically removed in one day – ten by excision (meaning I had ten places on me that had stitches) and thirteen by laser. I had to take two weeks off work because I was to spend the two weeks following surgery immobile, lying on a couch during the day with my legs elevated and lying in bed at night with my legs elevated. I worried about blood clots and I worried about getting pneumonia, both of which could happen post-surgery with immobility. I couldn’t take a real shower for two weeks because my lower legs were wrapped and I couldn’t get the wraps wet.
Total billed for my outpatient procedure? $26,845.87. I know tanning salons advertise tanning packages that are cheap. Does a surgery to correct what the tanning bed does to you still make the tanning special sound cheap?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, indoor tanning beds are definite causes of skin cancer.
- Thirty-five percent of American adults, 59 percent of college students, and 17 percent of teens have reported using a tanning bed in their lifetime.1
- Approximately 7.8 million adult women and 1.9 million adult men in the United States tan indoors.2
- 12.8 percent of high school students have reported using an indoor tanning device.3
- Nearly 70 percent of tanning salon patrons are Caucasian girls and young women, and melanoma is increasing faster in women 15-29 years old than in young men of the same age.4-6
- The indoor tanning industry’s revenue was estimated to be $2.6 billion in 2010.7
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