skin cancer

Today I swam 1500 meters, but that’s not what I want to talk about tonight. Tonight I want to discuss something that a lot of people my age don’t think about:

Skin Cancer.

I have a family history of skin cancer. My mother has had several basal cell carcinomas removed. Her father (my grandfather) has had a melanoma removed from his cheek, as well as several basal cell carcinomas. I’m only 28 and I don’t like to think about it, but I have reasonably fair skin and the chances are very high that I will have to deal with a skin cancer at some point in my life.

Thankfully I’ve never really been interested in tanning or having a dark tan. On the occasions when I happen to tan a bit, I appreciate it, and a handful of times in my life, I’ve bought “tan-in-a-bottle” creams, but I’ve never really had a desire to lay out in the sun.

Since becoming a runner, I’m spending more and more time outdoors during my runs. I’ve noticed a slight tan on my chest and arms for some time now. This week, for the first time I happened to see a slight pink color on my chest.

That did it. Yesterday I bought this:

Neutrogena SPF 45 Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunblock.

I chose Neutrogena because that is the brand my mother has used successfully for many years. I glanced at the racks, though, and there are many other brands, so if this does not work, there are plenty of choices.

I opted for a spray, mostly because I’m hoping that it will be easy to apply. The easier it is to apply, the more likely I will stick with it. Regardless, I’m determined to develop this habit. It’s worth it!