It’s been about a year since I had a little skin cancer scare. I had two moles removed, one from my face (the horror!!) and one from my torso…luckily enough, the one on my face was deemed a “sunspot” (really? I’m 27, not 77), but the one on my torso came back “atypical“. My doc assured me atypical did not = malignant, but I was a little traumatized by it all. Because for real, ain’t nobody got time for skin cancer.
I am really, really freckly. And I love to be outside and in the sun. Last summer I was super careful with sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and the rest, but I there is definitely room for improvement on the preventative measure front.
First things first, I was due for my annual dermatology appointment to make sure nothing had cropped up since last Spring. I am happy to report that my doc gave me a clean bill of skin-related health! Just getting to the doctor is a great step towards preventing skin cancer…that atypical mole I had removed last year could have turned to cancer if it wasn’t caught early and taken off. So,
step 1 – keep your annual visit to the derm on the calendar! Non-negotiable!
step 2 – wear SPF 30 every. single. day. I try.
step 3 – when you know you’ll be in the sun a lot, invest in some extra protection. I’ve got some pretty amazing travel coming up that will involve beaches, and hiking, and surfing and a LOT of sun. I’ve been pursuing the UPF women’s clothing options. I see one of these in my future:
I’ve never worn clothing with sun protection built in, but these super cute rash guards will serve many purposes for me – UPF 50+, protection from bug bites, rash guard to surf and SUP and to just hang around in. I think it’ll be a fantastic investment!
I can’t decide!! Purple/white or Black/pink??? Heeeeeeelp!
I can’t wait to let you all in on my plans!! 🙂