I am a former swimsuit model who was quite the sun goddess from a young age. I started going to tanning beds when I was 14 years old. Last year, a few months before my 30th birthday, my step-mom noticed a suspicious looking mole on my left upper thigh. I went to a surgeon whom is a family friend and didn't think it looked cancerous, but removed it to be safe. The pathology report came back melanoma! I was terrified. Thank God, it was in the very early stages.I am so blessed that my step-mom is a nurse and brought the mole to my attention. I have obviously sworn off the tanning bed and the sun. I try to be an advocate for young girl as much a possible to teach them of the dangers of tanning salons.