Oleda Wants You To Know......
Posted on July 13 2018
This is My 83rd Summer in The Sun!
If Anyone is Susceptible to Skin Cancer It’s Me...
Why? Because my skin is pale and thin!
(So far no signs of it)
I hope my story will help protect you and your loved ones.
Summer is here again.... time to give extra protection to your skin, as well as the more tender skin of your children. I’m not medically trained, but I believe each of us mostly controls what happens to our skin. When I was young, it was common to think that sunshine was good for us. There was no knowledge of how it causes cancer, often manifesting itself much later in life. “Luck” saved me. here’s why....
My personal “sun” story...
I was born and raised in Florida, and lived there until I was twenty-six. As a young girl, I loved playing outdoors with my friends, and I grew up doing many activities out in the famed Florida sunshine. But the sun shining directly on my skin always bothered me – was actually painful at times . . .. and sunblock didn’t help much. So, I would never leave home without covering up in a hat and long sleeves . Also, I welcomed the shade whenever possible. What a relief.
So far, I don’t have even a hint of skin cancer. And it’s not because I was so smart about the sun, I was just as clueless as everyone else in those youthful days. I was saved because my skin actually hurt when the sun hit it. I had to cover up. Little did I know at the time that I was protecting my skin from cancer. Also, as a New York model, good looking skin, unravaged by sunburn, was a big asset, so, my “luck” helped my modelling career, too. To have a “sunburn strap mark” over your shoulders could cost you a booking.
In most all of my outdoor activities, you’ll find I’m wearing a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, pants, and a small rolled scarf around my neck. If fishing or riding I wear gloves (with fingers cut out).
Too much to do? – don’t want to bother? Well if it’s between that and having to be treated for skin cancer later on, I’ll take “that”.
Please teach your children and grandchildren how to help prevent this common disease that shows up later in life... Show them pictures of skin cancer to help them understand. My husband Richard, has had to have a few, so called MOHS surgeries done to remove cancerous skin splotches in the last couple of years, and, whenever I’ve accompanied him to the Dermatologist’s office, the waiting room has been full.
Here’s some advice from the experts:
“Children are more sensitive to the sun, and the sun’s rays are strongest during the summer months, when children tend to spend ample time outdoors,”
“Remind kids to seek the shade: Tell kids to play in shaded areas in order to limit UV exposure.”
“Teach children to apply sunscreen to all exposed areas, 30 minutes before outdoor activities.”
“Teenagers may be tempted to “lay out” or visit tanning salons. But there is no such thing as a safe tan, because tanning itself is caused by DNA damage to the skin.”
And it’s not only the skin
“Sunglasses are essential. Don’t ever leave home without them, and good ones, too. It’s not only skin that’s harmed by the sun. Prolonged UV exposure can redden the whites of eyes just as the sun can burn skin. Over time, this can cause cataracts and macular degeneration. To prevent eye damage, choose sunglasses with UV 400 protection that blocks up to 400 nanometers of UV light.”
Take care of yourself...no one can do it better!