A few months ago, I wrote a blog post titled It Will Never Happen to Me. Well, just short of 30 years ago, I had surgery to remove a stage two melanoma skin cancer from my shoulder. Thankfully, they got all of it then; but today I had another melanoma removed from my face along the right jaw line. When my bandages come off, I will have a new dimple.
I should have used more sun protection. I knew that a hat and SPF 45+ sunscreen would have been good; but I chose not to do that. I didn’t want to get melted sunscreen in my eyes. I always remove my hat at sporting events during the National Anthem, in restaurants or in church. And I don’t like it when my hair is flattened. So I caused major anxiety for my family, had to cancel a planned vacation this week and have painful surgery instead.
You can bet I’ll be wearing that sunscreen and hat from now on. I have blue eyes and I used to have red hair, putting me at a higher risk for skin cancer. Last time I was diagnosed, I was 32. Now I am 62. Not only can it happen to me, it can happen to me more than once.
Do you think I can help you with my bad example? Avoid skin cancer. Cover up. Choose sunscreen. Wear a hat. To be continued…