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.
5 thoughts on “Dear 16 Year Old Me…”
Thank you for posting this! We need to be reminded of how horrible this disease is, and how we should take precautions against it.
Wow. That was powerful! I’m showing it to all of my kids–thanks for sharing this, Becky.
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.
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.
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.