(Closed) Skin cancer checks…do you go?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
1667 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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 # 7
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I wear sunscreen whenever I’m going to be outside for a while and I check all my moles regularly.

Post # 8
1829 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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!

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