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Feb
16

Wear Sunscreen

Today Nurse Teeny went to the dermatologist for the first time ever.

And emerged with an arsenal of supplies for her fair, embattled, (almost) 30-year old skin. And a bandaged back, courtesy of the shave biopsy on a particularly mean-looking mole leering at the doctor from her left scapula.

Not a fun experience by any means, but certainly important. I usually take pretty good care of my skin. Considering the fact that I turn into a lobster if I’m in the sun for more than 15 minutes without wearing less than SPF 30, I haven’t really had any other option. But I know I could do better. I know I could wear my daily facial moisturizer with built-in sunscreen more faithfully. I know I could reapply more religiously. I know I could have avoided the horrific burn last summer, especially after learning today that the most common places to develop melanoma are on the back and the back of the legs (precisely where I was burned the worst).

I had the option of “watching and waiting” for 4-6 months, but given my family history of unexpected, terrifying and deadly cancer diagnoses, I wasn’t taking any chances. Ugly little mole, you have no power over me.

Take care of your skin, folks. Don’t take it for granted.

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