You have the power to help prevent cancer
Dear [Decision Maker],
Volunteers from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network are in Columbia today to ask lawmakers to make cancer a top state priority. I wasn't able to travel to Columbia, but as your constituent, I am writing to urge you to listen to the voices of cancer patients, survivors, and advocates when making important decisions that affect us all. Please help prevent South Carolina teens from getting skin cancer by supporting the Teen Skin Cancer Prevention Act H. 3807 A shocking one in six high school girls have used a tanning device by their senior year of high school! Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States and incidence rates have been increasing in South Carolina over the past five years, according to the SC Cancer Registry. You have an opportunity to change that!
The greatest avoidable risk factor for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is the use of indoor tanning devices. Laws that allow parents to give written permission to their children or adolescents to use indoor tanning devices or accompany them to tanning salons are not associated with reduced use of indoor tanning among youth. Multiple studies have shown that youth are able to purchase a tanning session without parental permission, even if it is required by law.
As a constituent and an advocate on cancer issues, I urge you to support H. 3807 which has already passed the House and is now in front of the Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee and send the message to our children that you care about their health.Thank you for making cancer prevention and our children a priority in South Carolina.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]