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Dear 16 Year Old Me…

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Please take a moment to watch this video. It’s powerful stuff. My mom has had skin cancer twice on her face. I have many of the risk factors, so I see my dermatologist a least once a year for a full body check. If you have any risk factors for skin cancer, get a check up! Soon.

  • A lighter natural skin color.
  • Family history of skin cancer.
  • A personal history of skin cancer.
  • Exposure to the sun through work and play.
  • A history of sunburns early in life.
  • A history of indoor tanning.
  • Skin that burns, freckles, reddens easily, or becomes painful in the sun.
  • Blue or green eyes.
  • Blond or red hair.
  • Certain types and a large number of moles.

Dear 16 Year Old Me

 

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5 thoughts on “Dear 16 Year Old Me…”

  1. Had it removed once already on my face. Doctor said I have a 50% chance of it showing up somewhere else. Most of the damage probably occured when I was a sun worshipping teenager.

  2. Like Garden Mantra above, the sins of my sun worshipping youth caught up to me a few years ago and I, too, have had cancer removed from my face and I’m a faithful member of the once a year check. Thank you for posting this, Becky.

  3. Shared.

    I am in that “increased risk” category: Fair skin, green eyes, red hair, several really bad sunburns before 17 and skin cancer runs in my family. No moles though and I do keep tabs on my skin, but it’s still scary stuff.

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