PSA – Skin Cancer

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program for this PSA…

Wear your sunscreen, don’t use tanning beds and get your skin checked yearly.

I had a Moh’s procedure done Last Wednesday to remove a basil cell carcinoma on my shoulder.

I try to wear sunscreen pretty regularly when I’m purposely out in the sun, but I’m also of a generation who are kind’ve on the cusp of the awareness or our parent’s awareness of the long term effects of the sun so there was lots of damage done in my early years, and I’m embarrassed to say a couple of short stints of tanning bed use.

The scar isn’t a big deal to me. I have so many at this point, what’s one more?

What is a big deal is the possibility of something worse: melanoma. Melanoma is scary stuff, ya’ll.  I don’t know if you know it, but in it’s later stages, melanoma is a death sentence.

I’m not interested in losing out on any of this…

…so I’m going to be more diligent about sunscreen on a daily basis and during colder months.

Additionally, this summer I’ll be investing in rash guards, hats, the whole 9 yards.  Fashion be damned.

Better safe than dead.