Tanning Risks

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Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience not to use indoor tanning beds. Central Idea: When I finish my speech I want to persuade my audience to understand that: the importance of how media affects our target age, the harmful effects of tanning beds are on our skin and other parts of our body, and other alternatives to get a glowing tan without driving up to a tanning salon.   Introduction

On November 15th, 2005 it was marked five years for Craig, a melanoma survivor. Craig states, “I was an outdoor person who thought it wouldn’t happen to me, but it did at a very young age.” Craig was diagnosed with melanoma in his left ear lobe at a self-conscious age of 21 years old. He had a two cm wedge resection and had some lymph nodes removed for testing to make sure it hadn’t spread. About a year later, a lump appeared on his left side of his neck. It was found to be secondary melanoma and spread to his lymph glands in his neck. He lost a quarter of muscles in his neck and most of his lymph nodes but not his determination. It has been the five year mark but there is a five percent chance the same melanoma can reoccur. Craig was a lucky cancer survivor from the deadliest skin cancer.  Melanoma is just one of the side effects of the sun and indoor tanning is the new addiction for our generation instead of going out and getting the natural vitamin D. The purpose of my speech today is to persuade all of you not to use tanning beds by discussing the health care reform bill, how media causes addiction, the harmful effects of tanning beds and other alternatives to get a glowing tan. Body

First, the health care reform bill and how it is affecting the indoor tanning industry and society. The Obama administration is turning up the heat on tanning salons across the country with the passage of its new health care reform bill. Just passed on the Health Care reform bill was a 10% tax on the use of tanning beds.  Starting July 1, people are going to pay 10 percent more for that tan — Uncle Sam’s way of trying to keep them out of the salon and the doctor’s office. This has caused a huge outrage with tanning salons. In the United States, more than one million people head off to the tanning salon each day according to the American Academy of Dermatology. And tanning salons account for 5 billion dollar a year industry and is continuously increasing. In many cities, the number of indoor tanning salons exceeds the number of Starbucks, according to a 2009 study from San Diego State University. Even with the new tax, many tanning-goers say it is still cheaper to go tanning then on a quick vacation to get a real tan from the sun. Unfortunately, for us college students we have already exceeded our teenager years and we were exposed to tanning pressure early but now the health care reform bill will help prevent minors from tanning under the age of 18. But our generation did not have this bill preventing us at a young age. However, the more than $2.5 billion over 10 years raised by the tax will be used to educate people about the risk of skin cancer from the ultraviolet lights. The Melanoma Foundation of New England is another way that our society is trying to help the age group of 15-29 year olds to stop going to indoor tanning beds. Here is a clip from YouTube showing the Melanoma Foundation of New England’s public service announcement: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASO9FM6gDLs) This clip shows how there is another organization other than the Health Care Reform bill trying to reach out to tanning-goers.  Secondly, media in which we are surrounded in has a huge impact on our view of tanning. Looking at media such as magazines, commercials, and the high social class society they are toned with a nice golden tan. The male roles in MTV series, Jersey Shore; Mike ‘the situation’, DJ Pauly D, Ronnie and Vinny present how it is not only females who tan but how males and females are both part of the addiction. A study done by researchers at Wake Forest...
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