Yesterday morning started off with a big bowl of oatmeal, apple, and dollop of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter:
And some magazine reading:
aka a doctor’s visit. I am somewhat of a mess so I go to a few doctors annually just to check on things. Some doctors, like the dermatologist, I usually end up seeing twice a year. Thanks, freckles and pale skin.
I started going to the dermatologist as a kid to help kick some unwanted pimples to the curb. Then when my grandfather was diagnosed with melanoma, I started stripping down head to toe annually so that each and every freckle, mole, bump, etc could be measured, photographed, and occasionally, chopped off. Today the lucky body parts were my upper arm and upper back. Fingers crossed that in about a week I get a letter in the mail with fancy medical words that mean “you’re fine” instead of the “we’re going to have to cut you up some more” phone call.
I know most of you are bundled up in several layers of clothing and skin cancer is a million miles from your mind but I decided to take a few minutes to share some skin facts anyway:
1. If you have skin, you can have skin cancer. Sure, if you are a lucky blonde, haired, blue-eyed Irish girl like me you are a walking skin cancer bulls-eye but I know plenty of people that are naturally dark with barely any freckles that have had skin cancer.
2. It’s the burn from 10 years ago that you should be worried about. I am a sunscreen addict. I layer it up. I don’t go outside for extended amounts of time during ‘burn hours’ (11am-3pm). BUT the burns from when I was 10 years old and a brat and didn’t want to reapply sunscreen at my friend’s pool party are the reasons I am now sliced and diced by the lovely Dr. Inglese. So even if you aren’t in the sun a lot recently, get checked.
3. Do self skin checks. Just like you check the ladies for lumps, pay attention to freckles, moles etc for change. And remember your ABCDs
- Asymmetrical spots
- Different from surrounding moles/freckles
4. Don’t go to tanning beds. Just don’t. They are worse than laying on the beach. There are MILLIONS of studies out there proving they are cancer cookers. Grab some Jergen’s self tanning lotion, get a spray tan or embrace your inner Nicole Kidman.
5. Wear sunscreen. Every day. There are millions of daily mosturizers with built in sunscreen. My Lancome foundation is SPF 15 and my Oil of Olay moisturizer is SPF 15. Before every run I like to use Lubriderm 15 for my legs/arm/chest/whatever is exposed. Runners have enough risks as it is, skin cancer does not need to be one of them.
6. Things not even related to the sun can increase your risk for skin cancer. The one that shocked me the most? Taking birth control.
Ok, I think that is enough PSA for today. Wait, I lied, watch this video, too.
Now I’m done.
Do you go to a dermatologist?
What is your favorite sunscreen?