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"A study, published in Preventative Medicine this week, showed search queries fo
"A study, published in Preventative Medicine this week, showed search queries for skin cancer increased 162%, after this post was made. I am grateful this post helped raise awareness about skin cancer and sun safety; and I’m very happy to see the statistics, studies and articles that have helped spread this message to people all over the world. Do your own skin checks; and if you are particularly worried about something, have it checked out (aside from your annual exams). You know your body better than anyone else, and sometimes things are overlooked. If you feel like something is wrong and it is not addressed appropriately, request testing, follow-ups, or get a second opinion. If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun, here ya go! This is what skin cancer treatment can look like. Wear sunscreen and get a spray tan. Learn from other people's mistakes. Don't let tanning prevent you from seeing your children grow up. That's my biggest fear, now that I have a two year-old little boy of my own.

I did the bulk of my tanning in high school. I sometimes laid up to four times a week. Yes, that is excessive. Keep in mind, that was not my typical frequency. I did that when I had an event coming up which I wanted to be tan for—homecoming, prom, vacation... Most of the time, I tanned 1-2 times per week. There were weeks, I didn't tan at all. I had my first skin cancer diagnosis at age 21. Now, at 27, I've had basal cell carcinoma five times, and squamous cell carcinoma once (excluding my face). I go to the dermatologist every 6-12 months, and usually have a skin cancer removed at each checkup. I'm very thankful to not have had melanoma! Skin cancer is not always moles—only one of mine has been a mole. Get any suspicious, new, and growing spot checked out. Melanoma kills; non-melanoma disfigures (and can also kill). Don't be a statistic! This treatment was done using a cream called: Aldara (imiquimod). The intention of this post, is to help people."

Submitted by Tawny Dzierzek

588 views Dec 13, 2017
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