May 28, 2012

Skin Cancer Awareness





As National Sun Awareness Week is coming up from June 4 – 10… I thought it would be appropriate to reinforce proper sun protection!

Did you know that the sun is actually a star that is located 150 million kilometers from planet Earth? Even though it is so far away it can still have damaging effects on our skin. Not only is a sunburn a sign of skin damage, but even a nice even tan is as well. We are not supposed to be any darker than our natural colour, so unfortunately there is no safe way to tan. Sun damage can lead to skin cancer, which is the most common type of cancer in the world! Pre-aging is also another result caused from UV overexposure.

I recently went to a skin clinic where a registered nurse took a photo of my face with a special UV camera. This camera can produce a visual of all the sun damage on your face that is not necessarily seen by the naked eye. The picture showed thousands of little freckles particularly under my eyes and on my nose. I have learned that NOT all freckles are cute. If I don’t start taking the necessary precautions to protect my skin, those freckles will eventually be visible to the naked eye, along with wrinkles and even skin cancer. This was a real wake up call. I have now made sure that I am wearing either a sunscreen or a moisturizer of at least 15 SPF at all times. So slop on that sunscreen because we all want to be “forever young”!

For more information on cancer or how to donate go to, www.cancer.ca

“Let’s Make Cancer History”

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