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Published April 18, 2014, 06:05 PM

Is that tan worth it?

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Between Spring Break and Prom recently, people have been hitting the tanning beds.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Between Spring Break and Prom recently, people have been hitting the tanning beds.

And with Lake Season hopefully coming soon, dermatologists are trying to breathe new life into the warnings they keep issuing.

Sun and tanning beds can damage the skin and for one Fargo woman, the days of summer tans are over.

Laura Schmidt/ Recently Treated for Melanoma: “Somebody who used to like to be tan, year around, used tanning beds.”

A few weeks ago, 33-year old Laura Schmidt noticed something peculiar on her back.

Schmidt: “Definitely had things that had changed.”

Her doctor sent her to Sanford's Dr. Yulia Khan, a dermatologist, who diagnosed and removed moles that proved to be Melanoma. A growing issue for young people. The warning signs?

Dr. Yulia Khan/ Sanford Dermetologist: “Start looking for something that doesn't belong there, something like ugly duckling mole different in color, shape, those are the ones that need to be checked. “

For, Laura, a wake up call. Grateful the melanoma was caught early and now a chance to educate others, as we approach Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May.

Schmidt: “If you are in the sun and using sun screen, like they always say, you don't realize and when you are younger you feel invincible.”

The lessons? Lather yourself in sunscreen, and re-apply, check and re-check your body's moles and freckles. And that summer tan? What is the cost-benefit of that?

Dermatologists nationwide are marking Skin Cancer Awareness May 5th, with Melanoma Monday.

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