Ten years ago, I had a small 5mm long Basal cell carcinoma removed from my right temple. At that time, it left a small scar that was present just above my right eye.
On Monday, I had the procedure repeated as the carcinoma had recurred, this time requiring a 5cm long scar to fix it.
All of us love the sun- who doesn’t. I grew up in Australia, where as a child, my skin color during the Summer months often resembled that of the indigenous population. That being said, I do not have the natural defenses that a person of darker complexion has against the sun.
And, more importantly, the fact remains though that two in three Australians will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives.
That’s a lot people.
Now, yes, I live in Japan, and I do travel around world a fair bit on business. The fact of the matter is- the sun is getting stronger everywhere. Whether we like it or not, we have done some damage to the earth’s ability to protect us from solar effect, and we need to take precautions with ourselves and those around us to ensure our safety.
As we head back into the warmer months, and start looking forward to increased outside activities- dont forget that taking care of your skin while outside is part of the process of staying healthy.
Simply put, when outside:
- wear a hat
- get a good sun screen as suited to your complexion
- be a good friend and say something to a buddy if you feel they are taking unnecessary risks.
Walking away from all this hopefully with just a sexy scar to show for it, I encourage all of you to think before you put yourselves at risk.
As some of you tell yourselves that " no, I am ok", I recently had a Japanese co-worker tell me that she had skin cancer. Quizzical at first, when she lifted up her fringe and showed me the site, I saw my bcc as it was ten years ago. The point being, whether its Asia or Europe, the sun’s effects are getting stronger.
Please- be careful out there.
Stay fit, stay smart.
Statistics taken from : http://www.actcancer.org/sun-smart/skin-cancer.aspx