According to the Melanoma Research Foundation, there are nearly 1 million people in the US living with melanoma. Don't be one of them. Protect yourself by wearing the right protective clothing, hats and sunscreen. #MelanomaMonday#MooresvilleDerm
I’m on the hunt! It’s the last day of #melanomaawarenessmonth BUT that doesn’t mean we should stop checking & protecting our skin. Here are a couple of my quick skin☀️safety tips for summer (and all year long)!
☀️CHECK REGULARLY! I recommend once a month at home on the day of your birthday, then you won’t forget! Check ALL of your skin including your palms/soles and under your nails. Have your hair stylist or a friend help with your scalp, use a hand mirror for your back! Check in with your dermatologist once a year or at the recommended frequency.
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☀️REMEMBER THAT MELANOMA AFFECTS ALL SKIN TYPES. 🤲🏾Acral lentiginous melanoma🤲🏾 is a form of melanoma that can occur on the palms/soles/under the nails and tends to be more aggressive and advanced at diagnosis in the skin of color patient (this unfortunately is the skin cancer that took Bob Marley’s life). . . .
☀️KNOW WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. My quick and dirty rule is look for anything NEW, rapidly CHANGING, or BLEEDING on its own. You should work with your board certified dermatologist to discuss specific features to watch out for. I educate with a modified ABCDE checklist created by June Robinson, MD (Northwestern): A-assess, B-border, C-color, D-diameter, E-evolution. This checklist is for your moles & intended to help identify melanoma BUT don’t forget about other growths and non-melanoma skin cancers!
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☀️PROTECT EVERYDAY. You’ll need a broad spectrum daily sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher that is water resistant. Check out my recent post “Sunscreens for Skin of Color” which includes updates on new sunscreen technology that is helpful for ALL skin types. Also remember to seek shade, re-apply your sunscreen every 2 hours, consider additional protection with broad brim hats and UPF clothing. And wear sunscreen daily even in the winter months!
Pictured: Me and my dermatoscope (#dermlitedl3n ). This thing has pretty cool technology - polarized and non polarized light as well as a color corrector to help analyze moles up close! #themoreyouknow#nmbetter
This is my last #melanomaMonday post... I will forever be thankful that my melanoma early before it metastasized to my lymph nodes & that I haven’t had a reoccurrence.
I’m coming up in my 5 year anniversary soon. 👉🏻Don’t think it can’t happen to you because you “tan easily.” I thought that too. 👉🏻Don’t ignore that mole that looks different ! So glad I didn’t. 👉🏻Be diligent to check your skin monthly for changes and get a skinscreening from your doctor at least once a year.
if you are out on the water or sand right now, it is time to reapply your sunscreen!
👉🏻 EVERY Sunburn increases your risk for skin cancer ! 😳
Earlier this month on #melanomamonday I appeared live on @cbsthismorning alongside @norahodonnell
We both wore @veronicabeard dresses to acknowledge the generous support of #VBgivesback#VeronicaBeard donates $10 for every online purchase made during the entire month of May to support @skincancerorg and help raise #skincancerawareness#SkinCancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States and is almost always curable when it is caught early.
There are just a few days left in May, so start shopping to help save lives! veronicabeard.com
Happy National Sunscreen Day! Protects from UVA, UVB, & Blue Light ☀️ @beautycounter air mist sunscreen takes away all fears of toxic unsafe sunscreen & is even safe for the environment 🌎
A few of my favorites • @beautycounterloribaskin sunscreen • @albionfit swimsuit • @nordstrom sunglasses
🔝Hoy día mundial del cancer de piel tipo melanoma, te quiero recordar querido paciente que es fundamental detectar oportunamente lesiones sospechosas de cancer de piel. .
👀Cualquier ‘lunar’ nuevo o que crece repentinamente, que tiene distintos colores, sus bordes son irregulares, debe ser revisado a la brevedad.
👉🏻¡Revisa tus uñas, piel cabelluda y plantas de los pies! Cada vez el cancer de piel y el cancer de tipo melanoma está siendo más frecuente y letal.
👉🏻Recuerda usar siempre tu fotoprotector (por ejemplo, ISDIN®️u Obagi®️) en fluido, maquillaje, polvo o bruma, y que siempre tenga un factor de protector solar (FPS) mayor a 30. .
🙏🏻Es muy importante reaplicarlo cada 3 horas, y tener siempre uno en tu bolsa, auto y hogar. .
❤Recuerda que puedes adquirir tu foto protector con nosotros @belvid_mx y @dr.gustavo_rojas .
There's no shortage of ways to volunteer with AIM at Melanoma. We offer a flexible range of ways to become involved, no matter how much time you have or the skills you are looking to share. Our volunteer opportunities include fundraising activities, distributing materials and making presentations to groups and organizations in your community, organizing a walk|fun run, supporting people with #melanoma , office support and more. Contact Brenda Busby, Director of Community Engagement, Brenda@AIMatMelanoma.org to get involved. #melanomaawareness#melanomamonday#melanomasurvivor#melanomawarrior#melanomasucks
Aside from snuggling and stealing kisses 😍😘, one of my favorite things about being a mom is getting to match with my mini-me. And right now @cabanalife Is having a huge sale. Kind of wish I had waited a bit to shop for this season- because they are a steal! ❤️ 👩👧 I know it won't last much longer, but I love that Annabel wants to wear everything I wear and do everything I do! I take full advantage of this. And I love setting a positive, good example for her. One of the things we stress in our household (surprise surprise) is sun ☀️ protection. We stick to rashguards at the pool/beach and spf of at least 30 in exposed areas. My sweet daughter thinks all swimsuits are long sleeved! I love it. We also love fashion in our home 😉 and I really am so happy to find such cute sun protection... best of both worlds! 😍😍 swipe through to see some pics from our recent trip to the beach. We always have a blast 😎
PSA. ☀️ One week after #melanomamonday I was complacent while mowing my lawn. The clouds were really dense and it was threatening rain so I ignored the thoughts that I needed to run inside and get my very expensive and dermatologist provided sunscreen. I also left all the UPF clothing I have amassed just hanging in my closet. 🌤
I had #melanoma at 23. We went in a second time and took a chunk out of my back to get clear margins. ⛅️ It does not matter how much you buy to protect your skin if your arrogance lets you ignore what you know. 🌥
Don’t be complacent. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of cancer as it will metastasize to unlimited locations silently. ☁️ Honestly, I’m hotter with myself than this horrible burn.