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Dear [Decision Maker],
I am your constituent and I would like to inform you about a bill that will help protect Utah teens, and that bill is H.B. 34, prohibiting indoor tanning for minors. H.B. 34 would prevent anyone under the age of 18 in Utah from using indoor tanning devices. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. In Utah, there is an estimated 1,230 cases of melanoma. Melanoma of the skin is a cancer of concern because Utah has the highest melanoma incidence of any state in the U.S. The overall incidence rate for invasive melanoma in Utah for 2006 to 2015, not considering race and ethnicity, is 70% higher that the remainder of the U.S.One in thirteen high school girls nationwide have used a tanning device, with numbers increasing to one in eight by their senior year. Tanning before the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 59 percent, squamous cell carcinoma by 67 percent, and basal cell carcinoma by 29 percent. Rates increase even more when tanning devices are used before age 25.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]