Since my surgery and starting Leilani Mobile Tan, I have had such a response to my experience. Girls and women all over are coming to me and mentioning that they have a “spot” that they are concerned about but that they haven’t actually done anything about yet. One of my best friends stated to me just the other day that she is scared to be in the sun, that it just doesn’t feel safe anymore. This is the same friend that lounged on the beach with me last summer. It’s amazing how something like this can put things into perspective. However, let it be stated that it is ok to be outside, I repeat, it is OK to be outside. Go to the pool, play at the park, take the dog for a walk, lounge in the sun by the lake this weekend…in other words LIVE your life and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you, just be safe about it. Remember to wear sunscreen, especially after your airbrush tan, just because you are darker doesn’t mean that you are immune to burning! Floppy hats and sunglasses are helpful and stylish…really didn’t you know that floppy hats are about to make a big come back (back from where I’m not sure, actually were they ever here?) but still, ROCK those floppy, giant, sombrero hats!
Now about the alphabet and those “spots” that you may be seeing…there are 2 types of skin cancer that while they are not life threatening, as you have seen with me, they are invasive and disfiguring. These are Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas. They come in many forms and shapes and colors, I have them where they stick up like a flesh colored mole and then I have some that are flat and red, others like the one on my lip get flakey and scab and bleed. Sometimes it may just be an irritated patch of skin that just will not clear up. All of these need to be seen and biopsied by a dermatologist, the key is catching them early!
On the other hand Melanoma is a lethal form of skin cancer that is now striking more young adults at an alarming rate. Although it is not proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, tanning bed use may play a big part in this. Adults that began tanning before the age of 35 are at 75% higher risk of developing melanoma…yes I did mean SEVENTY FIVE! That is huge. That is scary. So the Skin Cancer Foundation has posted a list of what to look for when doing a skin exam on yourself.
The ABCDEs of Melanoma
- A The mole is asymmetrical; the two sides do not match
- B The mole is irregular in outline or border
- C The mole changes color or appears pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black, or multicolored
- D The mole is bigger than 6mm in diameter, or the size of a pencil eraser
- E The mole evolves or changes in any way
In addition any new moles that pop up, especially after the age of 21 definitely need to be looked at as well. And remember, it’s not always a mole, sometimes it’s just a lump that won’t go away. Don’t wait, get it checked out!
So, on that note, do a good skin check today. Then go out this weekend and have a great Memorial Day with friends and family. Just remember to “reapply before you fry” and rock your floppy hats!