Summer Means Sunblock To Me

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Summer Means SunblockAs promised, I’m passing along tips that I use. This one won’t save you money and it won’t save you time, but it could save your life. Have you scheduled your annual skin cancer check yet? Now is the perfect time of the year to do it since you haven’t gotten out into the sun yet and there’s no tan to block the view of your dermatologist.

You do get annual checks for skin cancer, don’t you? I didn’t until about 5 years ago when skin cancer first started really hit the news. When I was growing up, we never used sunblock. Actually I don’t think sunblock as we know it today was around. There was the white stuff that life guards wore on their nose, but most of the sunscreen type stuff was SPF 4 or even worse… coconut scented oil!

I got a few bad sunburns when I was younger but thankfully I never went to tanning booths or spent a lot of time in the sun. When hit my mid-thirties, I became obsessive about sunblock. If you’ve ever had a bad sunburn, you know why I wanted to avoid that again for the pain reason alone. Every hour on the hour, I reapply my sunblock on me and The Kid.

Yes, by the end of the day you end up greased like a Thanksgiving turkey but it’s so worth it to me. A few years ago I read an article in a magazine about skin cancer and it recommended annual exams with a dermatologist for a skin cancer check. Some family doctors and general practitioners do the checks as part of your physical but a dermatologist has more experience in what they are looking at.

I didn’t have a dermatologist but for some reason I decided to go ahead and find one. Good thing I did because there were two spots on my face that she thought were pre-cancerous – one on my nose and one on my cheek. She removed them and they haven’t returned since. I, however, return every year for my check to make sure everything is OK.

The check itself is pretty simple. They ask you if there are any spots that you’ve noticed that are new, troublesome looking or have changed. After the chat, you strip down and get in a gown. They look over your whole body for anything suspicious. They may take pictures or measurements of some spots for comparison the next time you come in.

You may be able to get a free skin cancer screening in your area. In between screenings, make sure to keep an eye out for anything that looks suspicious and use sunscreen. Summer is much more enjoyable when you aren’t burnt like a lobster anyway.

Comments

  1. I embrace my pale skin. I use to tan when I was younger from being outside all summer. When I became a teenager (around 15) I tried to stay out of the sun and now the bugs are so bad in our area that I would not sit out for long anyways. I get made fun of a lot my how pale my skin is but I really don’t care.

  2. Adrianne says:

    I try to stay out of the sun as much as I can. I also hate the way sunblock feels. I’ve tried all kinds and they all seem to be greasy. It’s a small price to pay though to not burn. I’ll take our pale skin any day. I think your skin looks great with your dark hair color. It’s perfect! 🙂

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