In February 2018, Val had surgery to remove a broken capillary at the edge of her eye. She was warned by the dermatologist, optometrist, and surgeon the likely outcome was skin cancer. I didn’t lose my mind, it got scared and ran away screaming. To her relief, it turned out benign.
Six months before getting married, I went into bridal beast mode. Step aerobics for a bangin’ bod, facials for flawless skin. Vanity led me to the derm over a simple pimple. It had taken up residence for so long I was considering charging it rent.
At the age of 32, I was stunned to learn it was basal cell carcinoma.
Surgery required a 14-stitch incision down the marionette line of my face. Only three months away from tying the knot. At the time, the C word was more shameful than the scar. It faded, but forced me to keep a vigilant eye on my heavily freckled body.
We’ve reached the age where regular 5 point inspections are vital to keep the engine purring at peak performance. We’re talking more than a lube and oil change ladies. For a generation that baked in baby oil at high noon, mole checks are a must.
In the following video, we interview Lori’s boss, friend, and dermatologist extraordinaire Dr. Ken Alanen of Derm.ca. Dr. Alanen clarifies what you need to know about sun damage and skin cancer.
● What are the visual aging effects the sun has on skin
● Who’s at risk
● What to look for
● Can sun damage be repaired or reversed
In a thousand years, archaeologists will dig up tanning beds and think we fried people as punishment. With skin cancer on the rise in young adults, being informed could save your life or that of a loved one.
Updated post from 2016
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