|By Lisa VanWilliams|
As a child in the 70's & 80's we would spend hours on the beach while vacationing and swimming in the pool with minimal sun screen, and then as teenagers we would spend hours laying out by the pool slathering the baby oil on. When we could not tan by the pool, we went to the tanning salons.
Now with 40 hovering close by my door, a family with two young children to care for, and enough freckles and moles to connect the dots for the complete constellation, I go for twice yearly melanoma body screenings and slather on the sunscreen. Skin cancer was not something you heard as much about "back then" as you do now. I know people who have had it, and I know some people's lives that have been forever changed by it.
The American Cancer Society states the following estimates for 2014 in America:
- About 76,100 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 43,890 in men and 32,210 in women).*
- About 9,710 people are expected to die of melanoma (about 6,470 men and 3,240 women).*
- Borders (irregular)
- Color (variegated)
- Diameter (greater than 6 mm (0.24 in), about the size of a pencil eraser)
- Evolving over time*
If you question something, go see your dermatologist and do not delay. Apply sunscreen on yourself and children regularly when out in the sun and try to prevent burns.