May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.
The statistics are staggering how many people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year and I became one of them two years ago. I had 2 melanoma’s removed from my body and both left scars that I look at each day and remember how lucky I am that I wasn’t one of the many that die each year from something that is preventable in most cases.
I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t even know what sunscreen was….who are you kidding…where is the oil!?!?!?
(how about those tan lines, huh?)
Please take some time to look at this website to see general facts, who is diagnosed commonly, babies/kids and sun, tanning booths, etc.
Do I hate looking more pale than I used to? Absolutely! But let me just tell you I have tried everything under the sun to fake it without “faking it”…you know?
These are the things I like most:
-Spray Tanning and not the kind in the booths but the kind where you have someone spraying you. It’s a little uncomfortable for someone to stare at me half naked but totally worth it!
-Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
-A good bronzer
I will leave you with the ABC’s of Melanoma. This will help you to remember what to check for and just go do it!
- Asymmetry: Half the lesion does not match the other half.
- Border irregularity: The edges are ragged, notched, or blurred.
- Color variegation: Pigmentation is not uniform and may display shades of tan, brown, or black; white, reddish, or blue discoloration is of particular concern.
- Diameter: A diameter greater than 6 mm is characteristic, although some melanomas may have smaller diameters; any growth in a nevus warrants an evaluation.
- Evolving: Changes in the lesion over time are characteristic; this factor is critical for nodular or amelanotic (nonpigmented) melanoma, which may not exhibit the classic criteria above.