PSA – May Is Melanoma Awareness Month

by admin on May 14, 2013

Etiquettehell.com LLC has, for years, been very supportive of various health awareness issues and charities.    Very often the issues we support have a personal connection to me or someone within my family or circle of friends. I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in September 2009 resulting in surgery for wide local excision of the melanoma and sentinel lymph node biopsy. Happily my melanoma was caught early enough that it had not spread. Since then PSAs on the Ehell forum has saved lives as people have discovered their own nascent melanomas. Early detection saves lives.

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Jessica May 14, 2013 at 9:58 am

May is also Arthritis Awareness Month! http://www.arthritis.org/facesofarthritis/

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Laura May 14, 2013 at 10:46 am

Just the other day I noticed an odd looking spot on my mom’s arm. She had seen it, but didn’t think anything of it. I told she needed to get into see a dermatologist, so she is going on June 1st. Hopefully it’s nothing, but you just never know.

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The Elf May 14, 2013 at 11:10 am

One of the best things you can do to prevent skin cancer is wear sunblock/sunscreen, even if you don’t burn easily. But, I have extremely sensitive skin, and anything with a fragrance or dye just sets it right off. Most of the “sensitive skin” formulas wash off too easily, and I do far too many outdoor activities to both re-applying all the time. On top of all that, I have very fair skin, so I burn easily. Sunblock isn’t just necessary to avoid skin cancer, it’s necessary to avoid looking and feeling like a steamed lobster. I finally – finally! – found a brand that both works and is doesn’t rub off. If you don’t mind me “advertising” here, I’ll name it: Blue Lizard Sensitive Skin (Fragrance Free). It was developed in Australia, where they take skin cancer very seriously. My husband, who does not have my skin issues, prefers Bullfrog because it sprays on (avoiding the sticky hands issue) and also has a bug repellent. That is nice, because after I’m done slathering on my sunscreen I then have to douse myself in bug spray. I haven’t found a good sensitive skin bug spray yet, so I just spray it on my clothes.

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Andi May 14, 2013 at 11:45 am

My mother passed at 27 from melanoma, her father in his 50′s. I’ve had over 3 dozen Basel and squamous “spots” removed in the last 18 years – starting when I was 22. I just finished dealing with 5. All but 2 have been on my face, mainly my nose. I am the crazy sunscreen and hat lady. Please please please protect your skin and get checked out early!!

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Jaxsue May 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm

It amazes me that, as much as we know of the dangers of sunbathing/tanning beds, so many people still pursue the “perfect tan.” I was talking to a younger woman yesterday; she said that she was going to lie in the sun to get a tan for a wedding. She already has a beautiful skin tone and is not pale at all. I mentioned that the damage can be life-long. She shrugged. She may not care at age 25, but she will care at age 40!
I saw what melanoma can do to a person. My X’s late uncle had it, and when he died he had no nose and scars covering his fact. That is an extreme case, but it does happen.

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admin May 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I cannot get over the people who know me personally, saw what I went through and the emotional drain it was yet still have a profoundly cavalier attitude about their own exposure to sun and checking their body for abnormal moles.

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Ann May 14, 2013 at 12:48 pm

My daughter was at the doctor’s yesterday (she’s 14) for one thing, and as an “oh, by the way”, showed her a funny mole growing on her foot, of all places. I hadn’t known about it at all. The doctor referred her to a dermatologist to get it checked out. I hadn’t known that skin cancers and melanoma were a concern for children and teenagers that young. How timely is “National Melanoma Month”!

(doctor thinks it’s nothing, but better to get it checked out, as DD is fair skinned and always on the go outside).

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The Elf May 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I never really understood tanning anyway. What’s so bad about being pale? Embrace your natural skin tone, ladies, be it alabaster, olive, bronze, tan, caramel, or mohagany!

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kingsrings May 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I don’t leave my house in sunny weather without wearing sunscreen. I’ll never understand the obsession with tanning when it’s so bad for your skin. I swear, it seems like some people have a tanning disorder where they can never get tan enough! I would rather have my fair-skinned “arctic tan” than get skin cancer or have my skin prematurely age! It is so not worth it.

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ladycrim May 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Glad yours was caught early and eradicated, Miss Jeanne!

I always slather up with sunblock if I’m going to be outside, both as a cancer preventative and because I’m so fair-skinned I could probably burn by moonlight. I also just convinced my boyfriend to have a large mole removed from his back. It turned out to be nothing, but better safe than sorry.

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Lynne May 14, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Thank you for sharing. That was my exact story, but in October of 1999.

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Jenna May 14, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Thank you for sharing your story. My father had melanoma on his leg but fortunately it was caught at stage 1 and had not spread. He actually went to a dermatologist and got a skin check, they told him everything was normal but he went for a second opinion on a hunch and the second dermatologist found it almost instantly. He grew up in California and spent most of his time outdoors with no sunscreen and had many, many blistering burns. He has also had basal cell carcinoma a number of times on his face and arms.

I think being aware of your personal history of sun exposure and the history of skin cancers in your family is very important. I have been asked to come in for yearly skin checks since I was sixteen because of my family history. I usually do not leave the house without sunscreen on as I live in Colorado and we have a lot of sunny days. I too cannot understand the disregard that some of my family has shown towards their own sun protection.

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penguin_tummy May 23, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Glad to hear that you are all clear now Miss Jeanne!

My partner’s grandfather died from melanoma a few years ago. He used to work as a builder, often without a shirt on and certainly no sunscreen. The cancer spread into his lungs and brain and he endured a terrible few months before his death. Melanomas spread really easily. Don’t risk your life for a tan, get a spray one or go au naturale!

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MELISSA COON June 25, 2013 at 11:12 am

I’ve just discovered this website via STFU Couples and I’ve been reading through these posts the last couple of days. As a stage III melanoma survivor, this post especially caught my eye, and I only read the last page of comments but I’m so glad that so many people “get” the dangers of tanning and burning in the sun! And I doubt at this point anyone will read this comment besides maybe the admin, but always always always have moles etc checked if you feel weird about them, so many people have been told “it’s probably nothing” and it turns out to be skin cancer! PS, love the website and the meaning behind it!

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MELISSA COON June 25, 2013 at 11:13 am

There was only 1 page of comments, I just noticed that, so I did read all of them :)

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