By Liz Szabo
Samantha Hessel loved a golden tan.
She began going to tanning salons before her freshman prom. She returned to the tanning salon before dances, homecoming and the summer beach season.
"I knew about the risk but I was in denial," Hessel says. "I thought, 'That's not going to affect me.'" Then, when Hessel was 19, she learned that the mole above her elbow was melanoma, a form of skin cancer that kills 8,700 Americans a year.