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What is Melanoma? #ChooseSkinHealth

Sun Up, Sun Down What is Melanoma? #ChooseSkinHealth

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I spent the better part of my young adult life striving for that perfect tan.  I would literally bake outdoors dripping my body in tanning solutions.  It wasn’t until I had my babies that I truly gave caution to skin care.  It was their perfect supple skin that had me doing everything in my power to keep it as baby soft as possible.  I then started to avoid the affects of sun damage using hats, UV protectant clothing and the best SPF sunscreen I could find.  Before then I was compromising my own health for no reason.  I truly don’t know how much damage I have done, but I do know it is not to late to start taking care of my skin.

What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer.  It develops in the melanocyte cells that produce melanin.  Melanin is the pigment that gives your skin its color. Melanoma can form in your eyes, internal organs, and your skin.  Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight or tanning beds increases your risk of developing melanoma.

According to the American Academy of dermatology, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.  Melanoma is almost 100% preventable, but often overlooked.  No matter your skin type everyone is prone to the affects of sun damage.  No amount of melanin in your skin will prevent skin cancer.  Latina’s with a higher concentration of melanin are still at risk, so don’t be fooled by darker skin.

Melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease, and the second most common cancer in women between the ages of 20 and 29, according to the American Cancer Society.  The incidence of melanoma in Latinos has increased by 2.9% every single year in the last 15 years.

Fact, African American women with melanoma are 5 times more likely to die from this condition than Caucasian women.

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How to avoid Melanoma!

All year round it is important to use a 30+ SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen on your skin.  Don’t be fooled if you are not in the direct sunlight.  Water reflects 100% of UV light.  The rays bouncing off a pool or ocean will still affect your skin.

Stay away from tanning beds, as they offer the same UV damage.

Floppy hats are no only stylish, but perfect shades from the sun.

Sunglasses to protect your eyes.  The bigger the frames the better, also consider glasses that wrap around.

Applying Neutrogena Pure & Free® Baby Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 60+ to my boys from head  to toe will provides a protective layer that keeps them safe.

Save yourself from the beach elements and protect your skin with Beach Defense® Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 70.

The options are endless, from lotion Neutrogena’s Beach Defense line provides beach-strength UVA-UVB protection, The new sun sticks are perfect for on-the-go application at any time.

 

Tweet-A-Thon
May 22nd LBC will be hosting two hours throughout the day focused on sun care myths and melanoma.
Join us for the “Sun Up, Sun Down” Tweet-A-Thon on May 22nd at  http://twubs.com/chooseskinhealth at the following hours below:
  1. 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT)   Topic:  Sun Protection Myth-Busters: Debunk some of the most common sun care myths
  2. 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT (4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT)    Topic: Melanoma is Colorblind: Sun protection for all skin tones

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