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Published on Nov 1, 2007
May 2005 For many, sizzling in the midday sun is one of the delights of summer. But as teenagers continue to ignore the sun safety message, more and more young people are developing skin cancer.
"It's a really hard thing to be told you're going to die," confides Steven Nielson. He was 20 when he was first diagnosed with skin cancer. Now, the cancer has spread to his spine and he's nearing the end of this life. Benjamin Foley was 16 when he was first diagnosed and Renee Marchment 24. "We see so many people who are totally unaware of the risks they're taking by sunbathing," states Prof John Thompson. Many refuse to wear a hat or sunscreen. As Ben states: "I thought I was invincible from the sun. I thought skin cancer only happened to older people. I was wrong."