Every May, I remind my family and friends of the dangers of too much sun exposure. Please learn from my mistakes and don’t be stupid like I was in my younger years…
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a month dedicated to increasing public awareness of the importance of skin cancer prevention, early detection, and the treatment of all types of skin cancer. If you’re suspicious of any unusual places on your skin, please get them checked out by a dermatologist or skin cancer specialist as soon as possible. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, and one of the most preventable.
Runners Need to be Extra Cautious
This past November I was reminded of the added danger of prolonged sun exposure long distance runners face when my friend Tiffany added the black ribbon charm to my birthday bracelet. Each charm celebrates something I have in common with special running friends, and Tiffany’s charm choice was quite sobering as we’ve both had to deal with melanoma, the most serious and deadliest form of skin cancer.
Tips for Running Safely in the Sun
Runners must practice sun-safe habits on a regular basis, something I wish I’d done when I was younger. It took me a while, but these practices have finally become second nature to me. Please make them second nature to you!
If you’re interested in reading other posts I’ve written about my experiences with skin cancer over the last nineteen years, please visit my Skin Cancer tab where you will find:
- Tips For Running Safely In The Sun
- My Promise To My Dermatologist
- This May, Please Learn From My Mistakes
- Confessions Of A Tanning Goddess
- What To Expect At Your Full Body Check: A Visit With Dr. Ha
- Connecting The Dots
- That Odd Looking Spot Sure Doesn’t Look Like Melanoma
- Listening To My Gut Instinct Paid Off… Again
- Dear Sixteen-Year-Old Me / Dear Future Me
- Do you avoid being outside between 10 AM and 2 PM?
- Do you get your skin checked regularly?
- Do you use and reapply sunscreen as needed?