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Save Your Skin

Malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is increasingly common among young people, largely due to an increase in sun and tanning bed exposure. Participating in indoor tanning before the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 59% (Cutaneous melanoma attributable to sunbed use; systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2012; 345:e8503). Skin damage done in younger years cannot be reversed and can have devastating effects.

The Save Your Skin project reaches out to high school students and, through friendly competition, encourages teens not to tan for events like spring break and prom. UnityPoint Health affiliates, John Stoddard Cancer Center in Des Moines, Community Cancer Center in Waterloo,  the Wendt Regional Cancer in Dubuque, June E. Nylen Cancer Center in Sioux City, and Trinity Cancer Center in Fort Dodge partnered, along with the American Cancer Society to bring this program to the entire state of Iowa. 

The winners of the 2018 Save Your Skin Project were Sergeant Bluff High School and Woodbury Central High School!  We had 630 pledges total throughout Iowa high schools.  Thanks to those who pledged and spread the word about Save Your Skin

Take the Pledge!

Our contest for schools to have students take the online pledge ended on April 1. We'll open the contest again in 2019!

The pledge may not be available online, but we still encourage you to commit not to use tanning beds and to use sunscreen when outdoors!

and Snapchat too!

Snap a video or photo explaining why you choose to not tan and you could win a $100 Amazon gift card!  #saveyourskiniowa

Request Additional Information

Questions about Save Your Skin can be directed to Gina Mandernach at


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