Who doesn't love basking in the sun or warming up in a tanning bed? My husband and I have always loved doing both of these things, but now our skin is paying for it.

We have both had skin cancer removed in the past few years. Let me just say that it is not something I recommend. I mean, yes get it removed, but it's better to use preventative measures, to make sure that your skin stays healthy.

In 2017, my husband, Doug, had two procedures performed on his face, to remove Basil Cell Carcinoma. Most recently, he had a surgical procedure to remove a strange mole that is linked to Melanoma.

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WARNING: These photos contain images of stitches post-surgery that some people might find disturbing. A 46-year-old male has Dysplatic (Atypical) Nevus with Severe Atpia mole removed.

This video has graphic surgery footage. You will need to be logged in to YouTube and 18+ to view it.

In 2019 I had a biopsy done, to see if I had a spot of skin cancer on my shoulder.

I did end up having it removed, the biopsy did not take care of all of it.

Tips From SkinCancer.org

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Don’t get sunburned.
  • Avoid tanning and never use UV tanning beds.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See a dermatologist at least once a year for a professional skin exam.


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