Friday, August 15, 2008

Sunscreen

Got a patch of basal cell carcinoma taken off the side of my nose today, that is a form of skin cancer, though an extremely benign form, very very rarely causing any problems, it just kind of eats away at the parts near it. No biggie.

That said, it was fairly yucky getting it taken off, I will spare you the details, and it is no thing of beauty at the moment.

I suppose what I really want to say here is....wear the sunblock, wear a hat and keep your kids covered up. Sun exposure, especially in children, is really really detrimental.

Just sayin' .... cover up.

8 comments:

hulagirlatheart said...

I'm good with the sunscreen because I'm just as afraid of wrinkles as I am cancer. Vanity...it's a flaw.

Carla said...

I really watch it out in the sun because I'm so fair skinned....

Is this a side effect of boating? My BIL, Dave, also had the same thing taken off his face or nose.

So now.... what hats do you like and do you have a favorite?? C

Beth said...

oh lordy...I SO need to do this. I hardly ever wear sunscreen and have had some horrendous sunburns in my time.....whew. I gotta get my butt to a derm fast!

oreneta said...

Hula, if it staves off skin cancer, it's a mighty useful flaw...

Carla, YUP. Too many years in the sun when sunscreen just washed off.
Hats? Straw always, I have tried others and it just isn't the same, anything with a broad brim, but currently I have two cowboy hats, as well as one girlier hat...looking for another to take to Spain...the girly one is great for a boat, nice and tight so it doesn't blow off, but it leaves a weird red mark across my forehead, OK in sailing circles where it is normal, but a little much in hat hating Spain. They never wear them, the show-offs.

Bullwinkle...please go...it's so easy to do...not like some of the other check-ups we have to do....

Beth said...

Keep wearing those hats!

elPadawan said...

I remember, not so long ago, some newscast urging people, especially teenagers, not to overexpose themselves to the Sun, and that a big tan was *not* necessarily healthy.

oreneta said...

Beth, love 'em

elPadawan, teens and kids...it is so important...I speak from experience. Ah well. Preventable so to speak.

dawn said...

I hate that when I get some ghastly thing on my nose. Fortunately it is usually a zit and heals in a week. Unfortunately, it has happened often enough just before seeing the in-laws and my FIL will invariably ask, "What happened, did you bang your nose?", to which I have learnt to say in a loud less than pleasant voice, "No, it is a big zit; thanks for pointing it out". He didn't mention it this weekend, so perhaps those two times helped. Or maybe I did a good job with makeup.

Anyway, I hope yours heals fast and you don't get any more of them.