Hey – you’ve got skin cancer but at least you look good!

What’s beauty worth?  We know a tanned body is a more beautiful body. Err….at least that’s what Hollywood and the fashion industry tells us! Your skin is ‘sun-kissed’ when it’s tanned.  Your body ‘glows.’  Your pores seem to diminish and alas you have that ‘radiance.’  

Well the Skin Cancer Foundation says:

Go with your own glow!

And I couldn’t agree more. 

I saw my mother get a skin graft due to Skin Cancer.  They surgically removed the cancerous area and got extra skin from another part of her body to ‘patch it up.’  As it is, my mother is fair skinned with pre-existing dermatological issues.  She did all she could to stay safe in the sun but the damage had been done!  

We like to think we’re invincible but honestly, let’s look at the Skin Cancer Foundation facts.

  • Ultraviolet radiation (what’s projected through an indoor tanning bed) is a proven human carcinogen (an agent that causes cancer), according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  If that won’t make you stop indoor tanning, I don’t know what will!
  • Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
  • About 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

I love the sun just as much as the next person but it’s important to be preventative as the sun peaks out a little more.  

I saw the above advertisement in another blog post and thought it was pretty genius!  Simple, but effective!  

Stay safe out there!

– Lizette Romero

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