Today I had a visit with my dermatologist. In January, I was given an "all clear" to go for one whole year without another check up, a great relief for me. Soon afterwards I noticed a little place on the side of my nose, and then, every time it was bumped it would bleed a little; I knew it was time to have it checked. As expected, it was skin cancer, so it had to be removed. Now we'll wait for the lab work to see if she got all of it. Let's pray she did, otherwise she said I would have to have more removed and then a graft. I always thought my nose was too large but I don't want it made smaller one snip at a time. :)
I try to wear sun screen lotion and a cap or hat whenever I'll be in the sun for any length of time. I don't know if the damage to my skin happened recently or in all the years I've worked outside on the farm. (A doctor told me one time I should have married a prince rather than a farmer) As girls, my sister and I hoed in the cane fields with our parents and when I married and we bought our farm, I worked in the hay fields for a time on an open tractor. Trying to get a tan as a teenager never worked for me; I just got sunburned and stayed fair, so I gave that up. On the other hand, maybe the sun isn't to blame; both my parents had skin problems so perhaps it was passed on to me.
I worry about people who purposely get tans in a tanning bed, or cook themselves in the sun without protection. Is is really worth the risk? After all, beauty is only skin deep.