The importance of protecting skin

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The importance of protecting skin

By | Feb. 2013
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The Importance of Protecting Skin
By: Merryll Loy
She stood there beside him. Their hands both were tightly clenched as they waited for the news. She wondered what could possibly be going through his head when he was just about to hear the news that would change his entire life. This was not the only time she or the rest of the family was there for their beloved dad/husband, Ben Sanders. Ever since the doctor in Tennessee walked into the room, his family had been by his side as he went through 5 years of Melanoma skin Cancer. Sanders would describe the news as “falling down the rabbit hole” in the movie Alice in Wonderland. “It was definitely a sinking feeling,” he stated. “I felt a very pervasive feeling. I realized my life might be much shorter than what I thought it would be,” Sanders said. When Sanders found the bump under his right arm, he knew that it was a swollen lymph node. He had been infected with mononucleosis before and knew exactly how lymph nodes looked. He eventually met with a pathologist and found out that he was too late. The Melanoma had spread into his lymph system. He immediately was sent to a cancer clinic in Houston, Texas. The surgery was done there. “I tried not to over dramatize things,” Sanders said. Sanders never received a length of life after the diagnoses, but he knew there was a 50-50 chance of survival. The thought that there was no cure to Melanoma always lingered in the back of his mind. “Heavens no! We never wore sunscreen! We loved getting burnt!” Sanders exclaimed. In his mind, he could see himself lying out on the heated blacktop with layers of baby oil trying to get as fried as they could. Dr. Joe Mercola stated that you should only receive 15 minutes of sun a day, then you should apply sunscreen. He recommends getting small “doses” of sun exposure during the direct hours of the day (10 am-3pm). “After 4 p.m. is a good time to get out in the sun,” Mercola said. “A sun tan is just over exposure to UV radiation,”...