Learn about Skin Cancer Awareness
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. (Source: the Skin Cancer Foundation)
In 2014, I was diagnosed with melanoma. It was caused by sunlight exposure… although I didn’t use tanning beds, I loved to be outside and rarely wore adequate sun protection. This has changed my life in many ways, and I try to share what I’ve learned whenever possible.
Did you know…
• Sunscreens are not created equal! Here is a resource to help you choose one with safer ingredients.
• Sun exposure adds up day by day… you need protection from UV rays 365 days a year,
even when it’s cloudy. Here are some suggestions.
• Melanoma can develop between your toes, on the soles of your feet, or other less exposed areas. Sometimes it appears as a small spot.
Watch for any changes in your skin, and visit a dermatologist to have your skin checked at least annually.
Because I’m fair-skinned and have many moles, I assumed that the melanoma was “just another mole.” It didn’t look like any of the melanoma photos I had seen in school.
My intention is not to bring anybody down, but I want to help increase awareness & help others to avoid melanoma and other cancers. If there is anything you want to ask about my experience going through treatment, please don’t hesitate.