Yeah...I know what you're thinking. It's October for Pete's sake!!! Quit nagging me. Sorry. No can do. You still need to wear sunscreen...every day! Here are five great reasons to wear sunscreen.
You know those UV rays the sun emits? And I hate to point out the obvious, but that doesn't stop after Labor Day. You can get a wicked sunburn even when it's cloudy and, yes, even when it's cold. And YOU need to protect yourself from that, at all costs.
The UVA rays the sun spits out are the ones that damage your skin, way down deep. And that damage causes wrinkles, which makes you look old WAY before your time. Ain't nobody got time for that. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF15, every day. I stress the "at least" part. SPF20 would be better, especially for your face. Ladies, there are lots of foundations and tinted moisturizers that have sunscreen built in, so no excuse!
While you want to have a good relationship with your dermatologist, who you should see at least annually, you don't necessarily want to be on a first name basis, right?
Biopsies suck. Doesn't matter what kind. Shave, punch, whatever. It's not a comfortable thing to go through, and then there's the waiting to see what it is, all the while praying it isn't melanoma.
Skin cancer, skin cancer skin cancer. I repeat...skin cancer, skin cancer, skin cancer. Doesn't matter whether it's basal cell, squamous cell, or melanoma (which can be very deadly...and squamous cell can kill too). All three can be very disfiguring if not caught and removed early! You guys know that I'm a Stage 4 melanoma patient. I've been lucky at the dermatologist, only 3 questionable things had to be removed. But I'd trade a whole shitload more mole removals if I could have skipped the year on Interferon, 2 major surgeries for metastases; and the brain tumor and accompanying stereotactic radio surgery. That wasn't fun. No pain at all. But radiation oncology makes you a lovely mask (if your tumor is in the brain), which goes on your face and is then bolted to the table so you can't move. See, they have to make damn sure that mega-high dose of radiation is going into the tumor and nowhere else. But I'll tell ya, if I never have to have that thing on my face again it will be too soon. I hate even looking at it, and I don't want you to ever have to wear one. Please...wear sunscreen. Yes, even in October.
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