“Don’t forget the Vino”. These are the words I heard from my seven year old son as I was packing for a recent weekend getaway to the mountains. It made me laugh out loud and I had to ask him to clarify. I soon realized he was kindly reminding me to pack the “Aveeno”! I have my boys in a habit of putting on Aveno with SPF 15 every morning during the winter months. In spring, summer and early fall they wear sunscreen with SPF 50. They are 50% more likely to develop Melanoma in their lifetime because of my diagnosis and I am doing everything I can to educate and protect them. It is part of our daily routine and goes along with brushing their teeth. I am so proud that they are sun savvy and realize the need to take care of their skin. Even though it is winter the suns rays can still be harmful. It is important to protect our skin even during these colder months.
Since tomorrow is World Cancer Day I thought it might be helpful to post some information about Melanoma and sun safety.
- Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the U.S. and worldwide
- It takes only one blistering sunburn, especially at a young age, to more than double a person’s chance of developing melanoma later in life
- Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S.
- Melanoma Fact Sheet
- How to Do a Self Skin Exam
- Skin Cancer Facts
Here are some links to my favorite sun safe products:
Remember….don’t forget to the Vino :).