By: Mary Kate Phan
Did you know that sustaining five or more sunburns in your youth increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80 percent*?
Neither did I.
I remember as a child my mother regaling me with stories of her youth. Summer vacations were spent lounging in her backyard lathered in baby oil. Before stumbling upon this statistic, I would recoil at the thought of her literally cooking beneath the sun’s rays, her fair Irish skin sizzling like bacon.
“We didn’t know then what we know now,” she would frequently justify. “I know now I did some major damage.”
Unfortunately, she’s not wrong. Though it may not seem like a huge deal, when you sustain sunburn, the cells and blood vessels of the skin become badly damaged. It weakens the skin over time, leaving skin wrinkly, leathery and more easily prone to bruising. Moreover, the damage can translate into skin cancer later down the line.
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation, commonly known as UVA and UVB rays, does not discriminate and knows little bounds. The rays can penetrate up to a foot below the water’s surface and through cloud cover. Water, sand and snow can even reflect the rays, magnifying the amount of UV that hits the skin. No matter how fair or dark-skinned you may be, the bottom line is this: Anyone and everyone that has ever spent unprotected time in the sun is at risk for skin cancer.
And that risk starts when you’re young.
Now, as a mother myself (and a functioning adult who is highly aware of her family history of skin cancer), I am neurotic about sun safety. My daughter is always covered: hats, sunglasses, cover-ups, etc. And she is slathered in sunscreen like a messy, sticky second layer of skin, with liberal re-application after an hour. Though I do my best to keep her out of the harmful rays, I always wonder if I missed a spot, or if she spent just a minute too long under-protected. What damage has been done?
Then, concern sets in for myself. Despite best efforts, I have had more sunburns in my youth than I have fingers (I still have all 10, by the way). I can’t change the past. I can’t fix damaged skin. How do I know what remains after all those sunburns? What’s lurking in-between the several layers of my skin?
I don’t know, but MoleSafe does…
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