Practical tips to prevent skin cancer and its recurrence are shared by real patients.
I always talk to my children and grandchildren and great grandchildren about the importance of taking care of themselves and using my experiences to teach them.
I pay attention to my children’s sun exposure since I do have two daughters. And since this has happened to me, I ensure that every time that they go outside for more than five or 10 minutes that they are slathered up in sunscreen.
When I have kids of my own, they’re going to be the whitest babies ever. They’re going to have sunscreen all over them. They’re going to wear hats. Everything.
I talk to my brothers and my friends that I grew up with back in the mid-west and share with them. You know, I say, “Hey, I had a skin cancer. I had a melanoma. You know, remember that time you turned into a lobster? You probably need to be aware of what’s going on. And just keep in mind that if you see a spot that comes up, go get it looked at.”
I would advise anyone who has anything suspicious looking on their body to go see a dermatologist. And get it checked out because prevention is worth a lot.
I do my own type of skin exam daily because as I’m coming out of the shower and drying off I can check out my legs, my arms, my body. I can check and see if there are any new marks.
I do a self-exam just about everyday … when I’m shaving or looking in the mirror or whatever.
I’m much more aware of my skin and I examine my skin as much as I can. There are certain parts of your body you just can’t see. So you have to get your spouse to come in and look at that part of your body for you.
Well, I think attitude is very important. You’re more encouraged to do things you need to do, like go to the dermatologist and get checked. Use sunscreen, hats, long-sleeve shirts and those sorts of things. [Just be] kind of upbeat and positive about it.
It’s also made me more aware of my health and wellness, the whole being. I want to be a healthy person. I want to have quality of life.