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ABC's of Skin Cancer: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

People procrastinate going to the doctor to have their moles or other skin concerns looked at due to the fact they believe "It's OK," or "It'll go away", or maybe they believe trying an over the counter (OTC) remedy will take care of the issue. The truth is, deep down we are also afraid of what the doctor may tell us. Every day I receive questions about this bump, or sore, or skin condition, among other health concerns. I am not a nurse, or doctor, nor am I an expert, however, I do work with many professionals and spend hours every week learning more about the skin, as well as our overall health.

You may have heard, "You are what you eat," and I am committing myself now to writing more blogs (and offering free webinars) about your diet, as well as what you put on your skin. Sixty percent of what you put on your skin is absorbed into the blood stream. If you stop and think about this, it is frightening.

However, this particular blog is about Skin Cancer. There are many resources available for you to begin your monthly check-ups and a host of other information to read, share and hopefully utilize. I am often asked about natural products and will be posting recipes as well. Here are some basics to get your started.

Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells. It most often develops on areas of the skin exposed to the sun’s rays. Skin cancer affects people of all colors and races, although those with light skin who sunburn easily have a higher risk.

One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. When caught early, it is highly treatable.

Below is a link to a great website, offering free resources you can download or just view on your computer to perform self-examinations, what to look for and when to contact a dermatologist.

Also very important** even if you are only driving around in the car, or going outside for 15 minutes, it is imperative to wear sun protective clothing and/or sunblock with spectrum. Even children should have sunscreen/sunblock applied and re-applied frequently. Most skin damage (80%) is caused by the time we are 18 years old, however, most will not show up until we are in our 40's or later.

Take measures now to have the skin you want, not the skin you deserve.

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