Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

May is Skin Cancer Prevention Month

A good tan looks healthy but may not be smart. Tanning is trendy and this time of year many are trying to get a jump on looking good for the summer by using tanning booths and laying out in the sun to accelerate the process.

I admit I like to have some color to my skin but not using the right protection when out in the sun can come back to bite us as we age. I know many people that have had cancers removed from their skins in their 50's and 60's. Too much sun exposure, even unintentionally, can greatly increase chances of getting skin cancer.

My dad was a mail carrier in Florida and even though he wore a hat he got skin cancer on his face. Over the years he had place removed on his face to prevent it from spreading. In those days wearing sunscreen was not the norm and people did not always take precautions to protect themselves. Today we know better and can be smart and protect our children and ourselves. Getting a severe sunburn will increase the chances of getting skin cancer so beware.

May is skin cancer detention and protection month. Many different types of cancer result from sun overexposure and melanoma is one of them. Read these shocking facts about melanoma.  this is an extremely bad cancer and hard to treat. The good news is that skin cancer is preventable and curable if detected early on.

  • Stay out of the sun whenever possible
  • Take ever precaution to avoid sunburns
  • Use light layers of clothing the reflect the heat and protect the skin
  • The scalp can burn as well so wear a hat
  • Use sunscreen all year long
  • Check you body for skin changes or ask your partner to do that for you
  • Get regular doctor checkups and skin exams
  • Do not use tanning beds, these are so dangerous to your skin

Cures have advanced greatly over the years. Early detection is important so look for the signs and get them checked out. Be smart and play safe when outdoors. Remember you can also get a sunburn on cloudy days and in the dead of winter on a sunny day with snow on the ground. 

May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

This message is brought to you by Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent, Debbie Reynolds at 931-320-6730. 

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Comment balloon 18 commentsDebbie Reynolds • May 09 2017 03:44AM


Debbie, great post, as coming into the sunny months, we do have to be careful with the sun.   Even more so here, we are closer to the sun with our altitude.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 2 years ago

Debbie, I didn't realize May was skin cancer detection and prevention month. One of our agents just had a spot removed from his face and the dermatologist praised him for coming in early and getting it taken care of. You're right - early detection is so important.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) almost 2 years ago

This is a good reminder for all of us. I have experienced much sun damage.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 2 years ago

I remeber the days of laying out in the sun with baby oil and spritzing water to glisten. There is no sunburn like a baby oil sunburn. If we had only known.

Posted by Rebecca Lewis (ODAT Realty Services, Inc) almost 2 years ago

With our white winter skin, we need to be careful as we start our fun in the sun.  

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) almost 2 years ago

My father in law is constantly at MD Anderson getting scrapped and he has lost an ear to skin cancer. I quit tanning as a teenager and now sun screen is a constant.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) almost 2 years ago

Great post, Debbie! My dermatologist told me never to go in the sun without at least a 30+ sunscreen back in the early 1980's. Thankfully, I listened to him and my skin was actually better in my 30's than in my 20's. It's better today as I'm pushing 70 than it was in my 20's. Today, my face always has a 50 sunscreen block on it. Biggest cancer killer out there. And if you talk to plastic surgeons, they'll be the first to say if women stayed out of the sun alot of their business would dry up.... most of what they fix with face lifts is sun damage not age.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) almost 2 years ago

Debbie I am extremely careful of being out in the sun - extremely. I'm one of those that had skin cancer back in 2002 and thankfully none since. You can bet I wear sunscreen and wear big hats while hiking and showing homes in the summer heat.  Excellent post and it's so good to remind folks over and over.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 2 years ago

Debbie skin cancer is nothing to play games with, and sun worshipers need to take every precaution possible.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 2 years ago


Skin cancer is dangerest if we think we have a problem is needs to be checked ASAP.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 2 years ago

I learned a lot from your post. Thank you for sharing 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 2 years ago

Good morning Debbie. This is an excellent reminder. I used to crave a tan as a kid and even as a young woman. Now I know better and always wear a sun screen. 

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 2 years ago

Hi Debbie,

After a long, cold and dreary winter, it is difficult to stay out of the sun but following all the precautions you listed it is possible to enjoy the sun. You know what a dermatologist calls a sun worshipper?  a patient!    Thanks for the excellent reminder.   

Posted by Jack Tenold, Specializing in Reverse Mortgages (Jack Tenold LLC) almost 2 years ago

Early detection is stopping cancers in their tracks, Amanda S. Davidson.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

Hi Joan Cox It is that time of the year. We need to be aware.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

I have some myself from all the tanning in my youth, Roy Kelley.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

Protecting young children from harmful ultraviolet radiation is important not only for avoiding immediate consequences like painful sunburns but also for minimizing skin cancer risk later in life. Captain America Jacket

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