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Skin Cancer Is A Sun Of A Beach

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.

Back story:
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
● Treatments
● 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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  1. Lesley

    Hello Ladies,

    Loved the video blog, learned a lot and busted a number of myths I have heard/believed, especially the one that there is nothing you can do about the sun baking, which quickly turned to scorching, I attempted in my youth….. I will definitely start buying the zinc block over the 60+…

    Keep up the great blog, it has become a part of my Thursday routine to see what you two wild and crazy gals are up to!!! Take Care

    • Sangria Sisters

      It’s comforting to know there’s still hope for us! I remember how mature I felt when I moved to SPF “2” on a tropical holiday. We simply didn’t know!

      Thanks for the kind words Lesley!

  2. Carolyn Peters

    That was fantastic! With a mom having skin cancer and myself having spots removed as well this was so informative! Hopefully the younger generation can benefit from our knowledge.

  3. Margot

    Excellent post – great info. Thanks so much (Pil – I had no idea 🙁 )

  4. Bonnie

    Thanks ladies! Very informative

  5. Laurell

    Thank you girls. Very informative and down to earth interview with Dr. Alanen. My God, 17 years of university!!

    As a pharmacist, I know a lot of this information, but I liked the message of there being hope for all of us and left a postive message for us sun babies.

    Thank you for sharing with everyone.

  6. shellie murchie

    so glad you are okay. Thanks for the reminder to avoid the direct sun of a beach!!!

  7. Eleanor Leveille

    really interesting… I was a sun worshiper from for many moons…… one of the lucky ones….. so glad it turned out benign…… have had a few spots on one arm zapped and all is good…. enjoying your blogs ….

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