Dear 16 Year Old Me…

Please take a moment to watch this video. Skin Cancer is something that has been affecting my family since before I was born.

I can’t remember a beach trip where I was not covered head to toe in sunscreen for fear that one day I too might have to have something removed. As the video says it only takes one bad sunburn to cause skin cancer. With my family history, I know that I am at a heightened risk for one day discovering skin cancer. This led to frequent dermatologist appointments, sun shirts that covered my arms from the sun (and were NOT cute), and sunscreen!

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Mom, brothers and I all wearing our sunshirts on vacation 

When I was younger this was no big deal, but as I entered high school my friends always wanted to lay out by the pool and now that I am in college people go to the tanning bed weekly!  There is pressure from all directions saying my skin should be tan. But I have never and will never go to a tanning bed. I must admit, I have tanned naturally in the sun and I have gotten several bad sunburns in my life. This makes me extra aware of any changes on my skin.

Now, I don’t want to preach, or anger people…I just want to make people aware of the dangers that come from the sun. I know we all want that healthy glow, but honestly what is so bad about being pale? I say embrace it…or if it bothers you THAT much…get a spray tan! You will get that glow you are looking for, with absolutely no sun damage to your skin.

Yes, I still rock my sunshirt from time to time, (ignore my mask mark, just finished snorkeling) 

Please pass this video on!

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