I wanted to share my story to educate people about sun safety and urge people to wear sunscreen all year round.
So here goes... at some point at the end of 2019 I noticed a new little black mole on my face, next to my eye. It wasn't until a few months later I grew worried as it looked different, much darker, than all my other moles & freckles (which I get really easily, always have) so decided to visit a dermatologist.
The doctor looked at my skin with a microscope and noticed the skin lesion's borders were uneven - not a good sign. A few days later, he performed a biopsy and for one week (that felt forever) I was waiting for the results.
Here's me right after the biopsy feeling petrified...
When I went to hear the results, the dermatologist told me he had performed five similar biopsies that week and four of them came back with cancerous cells. But I was incredibly lucky; my biopsy result was negative. In the end my tiny black spot was just a solar lentigo, also called a senile freckle. So at the age of 38 I had a senile freckle! It made me giggle a bit. A biggest relief of my life.
But it could have been so much worse and this experience definitely made me a huge 'safe sun' advocate. The week waiting for the results was horrible! So now that we have this platform, I want to educate people about safe sun practices. We carry natural sunscreens and you should definitely make wearing sunscreen a daily habit.
Please also visit Skin Cancer Foundation to learn how to protect yourself. They have some great info on their site, and even though I don't want to scare you, these are facts (source: skincancer.org):
- Having 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma.
- In the U.S., more than 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day.
- 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.
And here's an infographic on how to take care in the sun:
It is also important to use sunscreen during the winter. Why? Because UV rays penetrate through clouds, and even through windows, affecting your skin all year round. So wear sunscreen - it is also the best anti-aging cream out there! Stay safe always.