‘Tanning beds are terrible’: Mom’s melanoma ordeal begins decades after indoor tanning

Source: TODAY, May 2020

Thirty years after she started using tanning beds as a teenager, Sharman Dudley still has a regular reminder of the consequences.

She needs a thorough skin cancer check every three months after four of the many atypical moles that cover her body turned out to be melanoma.

There’s no doubt in her mind indoor tanning is to blame.

“Of course I regret it… tanning beds are terrible,” Dudley, 45, who lives in Washington, D.C., told TODAY. But she worries the current generation isn’t getting the message — despite many warnings that exposure to ultraviolet rays is particularly dangerous for young people.