Tim Fater says that from the start he had decided to be aggressive in treating melanoma; at such a young age, he was determined to navigate what is always a significant disturbance in one’s life and live as close to normal as possible. “This might be the most frustrating part of the whole experience – the fact that skin cancer is, for the most part, very preventable.”
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Just before the outdoor summer festivities begin in earnest, a reminder: the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated today as Don’t Fry Day. This annual, national campaign takes place every year on the Friday before Memorial Day to help people keep sun safety in mind. Here are some of the ways the council recommends to keep yourself and your family healthy for the summer and for a lifetime:
Coolibar kicks off its 2014 Melanoma Survivor Series, featuring personal stories from melanoma survivors. Coolibar highlights survivors of melanoma throughout May, which is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Here, melanoma survivor Renee Burch of Seattle, Washington tells her life-changing story.
As it does each year, the American Academy of Dermatology has designated the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday®. This chance to promote melanoma awareness and prevention is important to us at Coolibar, because we meet people who live with their melanoma diagnoses every day – and because we meet people who are not familiar with melanoma at all. Knowing about melanoma can save your life – and sharing what you know can save others! Here is a short list of what we’d like people to understand about melanoma.
Masters Tournament weekend is coming up, and for golfers it’s the unofficial start of the US golf season. Which gets us thinking: golf and sun protection go together. Wouldn’t it be great if you could order clothing that protected you from the sun and kept you cool out on the links?
It used to be that when some of us went on spring break, getting lots of sun was the point. Or part of the point, sort of; but we digress. Now, taking into account all that science says about wrinkles and melanoma and such, this is our best advice: Let’s be sensible. But while we’re at it, let’s also still be fabulous!
So you have fair skin. You may have skin that we sometimes refer to as “porcelain” or “alabaster.” You might be borderline flammable. You might even be Irish. And the spring sun is coming fast, in its ultraviolet glory. What can you do?
All this month we’ve been reminding people that African Americans (and others with naturally dark skin) can get skin cancer, too. As African American History Month concludes, we at Coolibar would like to ensure that the flow of information about cancer and skin of color does not.
If you believe that indoor tanning isn’t dangerous, this finding from a study recently released by JAMA Dermatology might change that. Researchers have determined that the number of diagnosed skin cancer cases due to tanning is higher than the number of lung cancer cases due to smoking.