Love the sun? Melanoma wants you!

The huge scar on my back, reminds me everyday how dangerous it is to lay on the sun withouth any protection with the purpose of getting the perfect tan, which we never get, right? at least not me. During my teen years, when I used to spend hours under the sun, I would get such a bad  be so  sunburn, that I could barely move, how stupid was I? I guess we all have done it, but me, I almost paid for it with my life!

About 4 years ago during a routine visit to the dermatologists she noticed a huge mole on my back and did a biopsy right there. A few days later, she called me and said, “Tania, you are so lucky that I saw that mole, you had melanoma stage 1, which is skin cancer!” I have to thank her because if she hadn’t seen that mole,  I wouldn’t be writing this post today, I would be dead.

With summer around the corner,  I think it’s important for you to know about  sunbathing dangers.

Here are some facts about Melanoma:

  • The incidence of melanoma is rising faster than any other cancer
  • One person dies every hour from melanoma
  • Melanoma is the most common cancer killer in women 24-29 and the second most in women 34-39.
  • Melanoma is the 5th most common cancer in men in the U.S and 6th in women
  • In the U.S., California has the highest rates of melanoma
  • Melanoma is more than 10 times more common in whites than in African Americans
  • Melanoma is caused by sun exposure and can be linked genetically
The lifetime risk of getting melanoma is about:
  • 2% (1 in 50) for whites
  • 0.1% (1 in 1,000) for African American
  • 0.5% (1 in 200) for Hispanics

Source www.Cancer.org

According to L’Oreal Consulting Dermatologist, Dr. Gervaise Gerstner, There is a false notion that those with higher amounts of melanin (darker skin tones) are protected from the risks of skin cancer – and hence do not need as much SPF protection.  This is false.  The dangers of Melanoma and skin cancer run through all ethnicities and skin tones. While the rates of incidents are less – this does not mean those of Hispanic or African American descent are protected. In fact, did you know that Bob Marley died of melanoma? I didn’t know!

Do I have melanoma?

The first sign of a melanoma is often a change in the size, shape, color, or feel of an existing mole. Think of it, abcde: asymmetry, border change, color change, diameter change, evolving lesion of a mole. If you notice any of these signs consult your dermatologist.

Are you scare of melanoma now? You should be and protect yourself,  that’s why I want to recommend you to use Sunscreen and I’m not talking about  15 or 20 SPF, to really protect your skin from the sun you need to use a sunscreen of SPF 50 + (the highest amount under the new FDA SPF regulations) it should be used on a daily basis, one to try is the new L’Oreal Paris Sublime Sun Collection.

L’Oreal Paris Sublime Sun Collection, provides multi-layer broad spectrum protection as well as bautifying antioxidants that help to perfect the skin.

What I also love is that is easily absorbed by the skin and it comes in a variety of textures, including, ultra sheer clear, spray, lightweight lotion spray, silky smooth body and face lotions.

Want to try it for free? If you live in the Los Angeles or will be in the area this weekend,  you’re lucky! Because  L’Oréal Paris street teams will be handing out free samples and $1-off Sublime Sun coupons to promote sun safety along the Santa Monica Third Street Promenade, Saturday May 5th ,  Sunday May 6th and  “Melanoma Monday” (May 7th) from 10am – 4pm.

The Sublime Sun collection is available at  www.lorealparis.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers. Price: $9.99 for SPF 30 SKUs and $10.99 for SPF 50 SKUs.

With Sublime Sun collection, there’s no excuse to not protect your skin from the sun, remember that if you don’t take care of your body no one will.

Disclosure: I wasn’t paid for this post, L’Oreal Paris, sent me samples of their Sublime Sun collection which i love so my opinion is solely mine, plus as a melanoma survivor i want help  prevent  other women from skin cancer.


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  1. Jennifer says:

    I relate to this post, I have this basal cell annoyance on my cheek, and it keeps coming back. My dermatologist wants to Mohs it, but for now I go in twice a year to have to frozen or burned off instead. She says to always always wear a hat and sunscreen, and I do.

  2. I my geez. I just had a major non-surgical face lift to fix all my sun damage. This is such an important reminder to wear sunscreen.