"5 Cancers That Strike Young" (April) literally saved my life. After reading about melanoma, I remembered I had a suspicious mole that needed to get checked. I immediately made an appointment for the next day.
My doctor removed the mole along with two others, and told me not to worry. Then, a week later, I learned that one of the moles was cancerous. Luckily, the melanoma was found early, and my doctor was able to remove all the cancerous tissue. Within one week, I was diagnosed and treated for skin cancer. If I hadn't read the article that day, I probably wouldn't have remembered to make the appointment.
While the stitches are fresh and the fear still lingers, I want to remind Shape readers that they can and will, along with their doctors, save their own lives by making and keeping medical appointments.
Like most children of the 80s, I was baking in the sun with my Coppertone 4 and Hawaiian Tropic oil. Now, I do anything and everything to avoid IT. In 04, we didn't have a lot of the SPF clothing options that we do now. I ordered my sun protective wear mostly from this Australian company, Coolibar. And although their stuff is top quality, it may not always top the design charts. In fact, I was pretty much sporting a bee keeper suit for a few summers. Sexy? No. Smart? Yes. Luckily, we now have companies like Athleta and Title Nine who offer a plethora of SPF options.
Here are a few of my favorite sun protective items for you and the little ones.
|Athleta Summer Shade Tee $36|
|Athleta Ruched Gard|
|Athleta Moorea Sun Stopper|
I have all three of the above and live in them at the beach and pool.
Save the Ruched Guard for cooler days...the material is rather thick for the heat of the summer.
These next cuties are from Coolibar.
Yes, my poor kids are forced to wear wet suits...no cute bikinis for my girl.
Working on a list of the top sunscreens for the second part of this post...doing the research for you on Environmental Working Group.org.
HAPPY HAPPY HOLIDAY WEEKEND TO YOU!