Skin Cancer Month – Tanning Beds, Risks, & Prom

Photo, Woman with Skin Cancer

National Skin Cancer Month

One in five adults will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime and skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in the U.S., according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

May is National Skin Cancer Month and in Howard County we take skin cancer seriously. Howard County was the first jurisdiction in the country to ban the use of tanning beds by children under the age of 18.  Since Howard County passed the tanning bed law other groups including The American Academy of Pediatrics, The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Dermatology have come on board supporting legislation to ban the use of tanning beds by minors.

We know it’s Prom season but a Whiter Shade of Pale is the Well & Wise choice!

In addition to stricter tanning laws for minors, sun safety in Howard County also includes free skin cancer screenings at Howard County General Hospital. Please call 410-740-7602 for more information.

For more statistics, check out the Burning Facts by the EPA.

Finally, visit local blog Tales of Two Cities to view “Dear Sixteen Year Old Me”, a cautionary tale about skin cancer produced by DCMF Canada and consider sharing this  power video with your favorite sun-loving teen.


  1. HopkinsHowardC,

    Welcome to HoCo loco blogdom. The Procol Harum link was inspired! And thanks for the link to Tales of Two Cities too.


    • Thank you, Wordbones. Do you think any teenagers will watch that link to Procol Harum and wouldn’t you love to see their faces as they the video begins?

      • By todays standards it’s a music video in slow motion…love the outfits though. Are those modified Nehru jackets?

        • I’m pretty sure they are Nehru jackets. Before your time- or do you still have one hanging in the back of your closet? 😉