Meet Lynette Lacey, and especially if you've got young girls in the house, you'll want them to listen to this..."It started when I was 19, and at that time I only had three. Within the last 3 years that has increased to 26 basal cell carcinoma removals," says Lynette Lacey who has skin cancer.
Lynette is part of an alarming trend, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It says that compared to 25 years ago, three times as many women today are developing basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer before the age of 40. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say they believe tanning in the sun and tanning beds are the major cause of this increase.
"Tan is still accepted as a sign of health and a sign of beauty and so changing that message is going to be important to accept fair skin as very healthy and beautiful," says Leslie Christenson M.D. at the Mayo Clinic.
The only good news about finding basal cell carcinoma, is that is the kind of skin cancer that is easily removed, unlike Melanoma which can spread to other parts of the body. That's why you really need to know your skin, and be sure to show any suspicious spots to your doctor.