Post # 1
PLEASE be on top of this. Last year both my BF and my husband were told they had a melanoma, and yesterday, it was my 29 year old nephew. It is definitely on the rise, so if you see anything suspicious, please get it checked! Age doesn’t seem to matter much anymore. 🙁
Post # 3
You know, there was something about this on ABC World news last night. The FDA has recently called for all sunscreens in the US to be re-labeled and/or reformulated because most only protect from UV-B rays and UV-A rays are the ones that cause melanoma. Basically, melanoma incidences have been on the rise for the last 20 years but sunscreen use has as well, it’s just that our current sunscreen only halfway protects us. Also, they can no longer claim to be water or sweatproof, because they’re not, and the usage directions are changing as well. You need 1 oz for every 2 hours- so if you’re at the beach the whole day, you should go through an entire small tube of sunscreen in ONE DAY. Most people using sunscreen now aren’t using nearly that much.
Post # 4
I am on top of this like a hawk. I use sunscreen every day. I use a lotion that has SPF15 even in the winter and when Im out on the lake or at the beach Im constantly reapplying. My grandmother died from skin cancer when she was in her 40s so I will not take any risks. Im sorry about your nephew 🙁 Hopefully he can get it removed and it will be okay.
Post # 5
no. . .but I really really should. I am fair skinned and have freckles and moles (Irish curse). I don’t get out in the sun a lot, but I should still be better about it.
Post # 6
My Mom had one and lost half the back of her leg, so my kids are facing a double whammy. I once asked my family Dr. if he looked routinely and he said No. Huh? Only if I point something out to you will you look? Everything is so specialized these days it makes me crazy.
Tomorrow is his consult with the specialist so we’ll know more. This is on a guy who never goes in the sun uncovered.
Post # 7
I wear sunscreen whenever I’m going to be outside for a while and I check all my moles regularly.
Post # 8
I’m much better about applying sunscreen on a daily basis now, but during my late teens and early twenties, I wasn’t so vigilant about it. I just went for my first skin cancer check at a proper Skin Care Clinic (in Australia – they’re everywhere there as skin cancer affects 1 in 2 people in Australia) and have a couple of spots I need to keep an eye on. I have olive skin that tans easily and rarely burns, so I should be a lower risk, yet, that doesn’t mean immune! Skin cancer is easy to treat if caught early, hence, I will be keeping on top of my 6 monthly appointments!