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Appropriate sun exposure prevents skin cancer!

December 10, 2011 Leave a comment
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Came across this interesting article today which challenges conventional thinking about the relationship between sun exposure and increases in the incidence of Melanoma. Apparently, several studies have shown that appropriate sun exposure can actually prevent skin cancer.  The rationale is that your body converts the vitamin D your body makes from sun exposure into a compound (Calcitriol) that your organs use to prepare damage from cancer cells and tumours.  It goes on to recommend exposing your uncovered skin to produce a light pink colour for optimal vitamin D production: 10 to 20 minutes for fair skinned people. The key is simply not to get burned.

Interesting stuff and seems to support my view that moderate sun exposure and appropriate protection is the way to go (though the article goes on to say that suncreams block UVB rays and hence production of vitamin D. And I’m finding it hard to accept the idea of not using sun protection even for a short period of time out in the sun) .  I’d recommend you read the full article and would be interested in your thoughts.

Day 4 of my Basal Cell and Efudex journey

October 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Apart from a slight bit of itching – or did I imagine it/was it psychosomatic (because I’m expecting something to happen!)? – no change again today.  The one downside I’m finding of Efudex currently – admittedly a rather vain one in the circumstances – is that, because the cream is rather greasy, my make-up is clogging on my nose and doesn’t look particularly great. But, heh, a small price to pay – don’t know if I’ll even be able to/want to cover my nose with make-up as the treatment progresses and my skin reacts to the cream. But, so be it – treatment needs to continue.

Daily massaging of my Basal Cell scar seems to be going well – the scar is a little red with a slightly raised contour but, fabulous when I think back to the immediate aftermath of my treatment.  Clearly, leaving the scar to heal itself rather than having it stitched was the right approach.

Have done some more research on the web and found another couple of useful sites:

And, for something more detailed and complete with photos, The Skin Cancer Foundation’s site has a really good page on early warning signs for Basal Cell Carcinoma.

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