The other day while I was waiting to go back to the radiation room, I overheard two older men talking to each other. They were exchanging cancer stories and trying to one up each other on surgeries, treatments etc. I heard one of the men say he had Melanoma and because he had to get radiation to his face he had lost his teeth and part of his hearing. The man made it through flying fighter planes in WWII only to end up with Melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, 60 something years later. I was inspired to share this story with you after I came across this blog, Adventures With My Enemy Melanoma, about a 25 year old girl named Chelsea who has Melanoma. Obviously, any age can be affected by this type of cancer. I am not trying to scare you, just reminding you to keep it in mind.
So now, not that I didn't before, I will be slathering on the sunscreen to myself, my son and husband. I will just have to learn to embrace my paleness or get my "tan" from a tube (even now they are saying the spray tans can be bad for you). Check out the Skin Cancer Foundation website for great tips.
Just say no to tanning beds!