Did you know today is Melanoma Monday? Me either!
Which is sad because it runs in my family on my Mom’s side of the family and my older brother had one removed several years ago. I also had two pre-melanoma ones removed off my stomach about 6 years ago! I also have a friend who recently had one removed as well! It’s scary! (I happen to look like a chocolate chip cookie, I have SO many moles!! Making my appointment ASAP)!
Melanoma is one of the deadliest skin cancers!
There are over 200,000 cases every year and it is often found in people aged 19-60- so really anyone, at any age can be susceptible!
Caucasians have a greater risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma. The risk is higher for individuals with blond or red hair, blue or green eyes, or skin that burns or freckles easily.! As well as if you have a many moles. It is important to be aware of your risk and go to the dermatologist once a year or when experiencing the symptoms below!
There are many symptoms to be aware of according to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America–
“Most moles are harmless. A normal mole is generally colored evenly (brown, black or tan), and are less than 6 mm in diameter (about the size of a pencil eraser). They can be flat or raised, and generally do not change over time.
Early warning signs of melanoma
The first sign of melanoma is typically a new spot on the skin, or a change in the size, shape or color of an existing mole. The ABCDE method may help you determine whether an abnormal skin growth may be melanoma:
- Asymmetry: The mole has an irregular shape.
- Border: The edge is not smooth, but irregular or notched.
- Color: The mole has uneven shading or dark spots.
- Diameter: The spot is larger than the size of a pencil eraser.
- Evolving or Elevation: The spot is changing in size, shape or texture.
The only way to be sure if a mole is melanoma is to have it examined by a doctor.
Other melanoma symptoms may include:
- Sores that do not heal
- Pigment, redness or swelling that spreads outside the border of a spot to the surrounding skin
- Itchiness, tenderness or pain
- Changes in texture, or scales, oozing or bleeding from an existing mole
- Blurry vision or partial loss of sight, or dark spots in the iris
Because symptoms vary—and not all melanomas develop from moles—it is important to discuss new or unusual skin growths with your doctor.
Although many melanomas develop in areas exposed to the sun, they may also develop in areas that are usually hidden from the sun. In addition to examining the legs, trunk, arms, face and neck, it is important to look at the areas between the toes, underneath fingernails and toenails, on the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, the genitals and even the eyes.”
So, do yourself and your family a favor-schedule an appointment with your dermatologist or have your family doctor check you over(ask for a referral if they find anything! My gynecologist found my pre-melanoma spots and sent me to the dermatologist).
Biggest take away for today-
Be safe in the sun-especially when exercising out doors!
Check your body over!
Go get checked by a doctor as well!
You will need:
4 oz chemical free, scent free Hand and Body Lotion
8 drops Pure Helichrysum essential oil
4 drops Pure Lavender essential oil
1 tablespoon zinc oxide
Mix all ingredients together. Store in a glass jar with tight fitting lid.
To use: Apply before going into the sun. Reapply every 2 hours or so.
The SPF factor is around 20.
**NOTE: This mixture is NOT water proof.**
DIY Waterproof Sunscreen
- 1/2 cup coconut oil — contains a natural SPF of 10
- 1/4 cup sweet almond oil — great for skin elasticity
- 1/4 cup beeswax
- 2 Tbsp Shea Butter
- 1 tsp Vitamin E — keeps your lotion from going rancid and is good for your skin
- 2 Tbsp Zinc Oxide powder — contains a natural SPF of 20
- Optional: I love to add lavender doTERRA essential oil to mine because it gives it a wonderful scent and is very beneficial to the skin. I typically add about 30 drops, after it is all mixed up and has cooled a bit.
- DO NOT add any citrus oils due to the photosensitive nature of citrus oils!!
****These are just some suggested DIYs- Make the best decision for you and your family!!!