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Dr. Drew: 'Wear sunscreen'

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  • Guest tells Dr. Drew she may be addicted to tanning
  • 'I felt like I needed to tan every single day -- and then I got some skin cancer,' guest explains

A mother in New Jersey -- who some have coined as 'Tan Mom' -- faces child endangerment charges after authorities say she allowed her then-five-year-old daughter to enter a tanning bed last month

Patricia Krentcil, 44, denies it, claiming the girl had burns after a long day in the sun.

But on Wednesday night, HLN’s Dr. Drew talked to other women who often feel the need to darken their skin, including one who says she's afraid that she might be addicted to tanning.

“I've tanned for about 25 years total,” Michelle Heller said. “Maybe the first 15 years I felt like I needed to tan every single day -- and then I got some skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma) and I've cut back."
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Dr. Drew responded with advice for everyone.

“As a clinician, I want to point out -- wear sunscreen all the time," he said. "Do not expose your skin to any UV light. When people do get in that bright light, it does cause chemicals to go off [evoking a type of euphoric experience] in the brain that is very similar to the chemistry of addiction.”

Hear more of the important discussion in the video clip above.

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