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Are/Were You A Sun-Worshiper???

Saturday, August 14, 2010

As a child of the 60s, I thought nothing of being in the sun for hours with no protection from the damaging rays. We swam and sailed and even laid on aluminum sheets with our bodies covered in baby oil with iodine added to it. Needless to say, my skin has suffered from this abuse. As an adult, I am still outside as much as possible. I am a gardener and think nothing of being in my gardens for hours at a time. Because I am now knowledgeable about skin cancer, I do use lotion with a SPF factor of at least 30. In 1987, I had a basal cell carcinoma removed from my just under my left eye. I have a yearly physical during which I have my primary physician check for any suspicious areas. This year, I went to a dermatologist. After looking me over and checking the areas that I was most worried about, he indicated an interest in a mole that I had hardly noticed. It isn't even raised. I have to have it removed and tested as soon as possible. While waiting in his office, I noticed a poster that showed a toddler with an adult face that was very wrinkled. The statement on the poster was that 80% of skin damage occurs before a person is 18 years of age. It is too late for me to reverse the damage I have allowed to happen, isn't too late to prevent more damage to myself, to my husband, to my kids, or to my grand-daughter. We all have to be aware and to be protected. I hope that YOU are........
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  • FLAME42
    Yes, those were the days, no one knew back in the 50-60's how much damage the sun could do. Drove tractor in tube tops & shorts, many sunburns on my fair skin. I have had several basal & squamish cancer cells removed. Both of my daughters have used sunscreen, hats, and clothing for protecting their skin. My son has had a couple of burns but now is faithful with the sunscreen. Most of the grandchildren take care of their skin too. WEAR SUNSCREEN, HATS, and/or PROTECTIVE CLOTHING! Can't stress this enough.

    2716 days ago
    Yes, as a child I spent a lot of time sunbathing at the beach. As a blond, I often got burned - and would peel. At the time we thought nothing of it. We felt the tan (or the burn) enhanced our looks.

    Now, I see a dermatologist semi-annually. I have already had one skin cancer removed.

    I am happy to say that did not happen with my sons. They used sun screen and protected themselves from sun damage. And my son is even more protective with his son.
    2716 days ago
    Fair skinned but do like to be outside when it isn't these roasting temps but use 30+ sunscreen. My mom always laid in the sun to get a tan and it showed the older she got. I never did like to just lay around getting a tan.
    2716 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    I am pale and proud too. I worked as a Red Cross Swim Instructor and life guard for a few years before the age of sun block so it has always been a concern for me that I have damage that I do not know about. I had a very good friend who died of Melanoma and that got to me. She loved sun bathing but it did not love her in the end. After my friend's illness and death, I have been much better about protecting my skin.

    I wear a hat when I garden. All in all, I think it is best to be safe than sorry.
    2716 days ago
    As a teenager, I would go to the beach occasionally but always used sunscreen since I'm fairly light skinned. That's not to say I didn't get the occasional sunburn but never badly. But I've never been one to just sit in the sun because the heat gets to me quickly.

    I use sunscreen on my face and neck every day of the year. I figure if I can prevent some damage, why not. I just use it as my moisturizer. I think it's helped because two of my sisters spend a lot of time in the sun and their skin looks much older than they really are. And the one who is five years younger than me definitely looks older than me. People think I'm the youngest of the four girls in my family.

    2716 days ago
    I'm pale and proud. SPF 80 and I will never set foot in a tanning booth. My neighbor has been tanning for years. She is two years older than me and looks 20 years older.

    If I want to look a little darker, I buy my tan in a bottle.
    2716 days ago
    Not a sun worshipper because fair skin that just doesn't tan, it burns. That doesn't mean that I am not at risk though. emoticon
    Thanks for the reminder!
    2716 days ago
    I'm always on top of applying sunscreen to my girls. it's not worth the risk.

    2716 days ago
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