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Skin Cancer Selfie:  Day 4

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I decided to come back today with another skin cancer selfie.  I know I said that I would but believe me when I say that it’s hard to do.  I didn’t realize that it would be this difficult.  To not only see what I look like in this moment but to show others at the same time.  My goal is to prevent someone else from making my mistakes.  I thought it was okay to be tan.  I thought it was healthy.  I thought it made me look pretty.  I was wrong.  Skin cancer aside tanning eventually catches up to all of us.  It leads to age spots and wrinkles.  Most importantly it leads to types of skin cancer like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.  These can both be prevented.  So prevent them!

Skin Cancer Selfie:  Day 4

Not really much to smile about.  Plus smiling pulls the sutures.

I took this as soon as I woke up.  Before putting on the erythromycin ointment.  The greasy ointment that I must wear under my eye morning, noon, and night.  It’s to ward off infection and to keep the area moist.  Sorry to those who cannot stand that word.  Moist.  There’s no other word to describe it.  Keeping the area moist will assist in the healing and hopefully prevent scarring.

Protect your skin.  Wear sunscreen.  Do not tan.  Get annual skin checks.

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