Pale Is Pretty – Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Raise your hand if you knew it was Skin Cancer Awareness Month..?

Me neither.

Until one of my models, Anna Marie, brought it to my attention; she felt “compelled to start a movement” after a friend had to have two spots sent off for testing. And considering the number of “Dead at 26 from Melanoma” articles I’ve been seeing on facebook, I have to agree that a movement is needed!

Now, I’m not saying the sun is bad… We obviously need our Vitamin D, and studies have shown sun to help with Seasonal Affective Disorder (basically, depression in the Winter).

I also will be the first to admit that I’ve spent time in tanning beds, gotten awful sunburns, and spent years as a beach lifeguard (where I was so dark by the end of summer, I almost don’t recognize myself in pictures).

However, if I had known what I know now -famous words- things would probably have gone a lot differently. Here’s a few quick statistics:

*Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.

*Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old.

*Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is a proven human carcinogen.

*Indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.

So, here it is in a nutshell, Ladies (and Gentlemen):

Tanning Beds= BAD
Extreme Sunburn= BAD
Just because you are olive-toned/ male/ African American, does not mean you cannot get Skin Cancer!
All you have to do is Google “skin cancer”, and the results might make you think twice about that golden tan.
Like to be tan? Do a spray tan! Try it out of a bottle (that’s what I do now)!
Bottom line:

Protect the Skin You’re In!

 


xoxo
PS- Pass it on!
Thank you: Tyler Caldwell, Evan G Cooper/ Evan & Co., Stefania Cumuze, Joshua Pittmann/ The Bearded Man Film Co, and the GIRLS!:-)


 

Kasey Kathleen McCarver - May 29, 2012 - 12:54 am

On the cusp of May, I learn about the type of cancer that began killing my granddaddy after his many years working on trains and being in the navy during WW2. However, I am one proud pale girl and I have always tried hard to take care of my skin! Between being of Irish descent and prone to burn and freckles (sign of skin damage, sadly) I am never one to just go outside without SOMETHING on my face and I check before I purchase make-up on whether or not it has an SPF in it. I am vigilant because I don’t want past mistakes when I was a teenager to come back and haunt me as well as keeping my granddaddy’s cancers in mind. So, with ALL that said, THANK YOU for this article and THANK YOU for exposing facts that many people have never known! Once I thought that I should go to the tanning bed before I hit the beach in order to NOT burn, but that never panned out like I thought it would (bulb burn). Now, I consistently wear the right SPF for me and just sit outside to acclimate if I don’t want to roast by the water. Oh and tan in a can!!! I’m so glad my bff sent me this link, as she thought of me and told me that she was going to rethink the tanning bed and being cavalier with her skin outside.

~Kasey

admin - May 29, 2012 - 10:36 am

Thank you for sharing, Kasey!! There are so many cancers out there; it only makes sense that we would try and protect ourselves from the cancers we know could harm us! Prayers to your Grandaddy xoxo

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