I am a Florida girl, as most of you know. What you may not know, or can’t totally tell from my blog picture, is that I am very pale. When I say pale, I mean a level 2 spray tan before recruitment season will make me look like an oompa loompa. Am I ok with this? Yes. Why? Because I don’t want skin cancer, and this girl doesn’t tan–like ever.
 
Skin cancer 101 from www.cancer.org:
1. Two main types: basal and squamous which are the most common, and melanomas.
2. Basal and squamous frequency is directly related to sun exposure and is often found on the head and neck.
3. Melanomas are likely to start in one spot, are more serious when cancerous, and can commonly be found on the legs in women. Who knew?!
 
Those of us sisters who have freckles, fair skin, burn easily, and have blue or green eyes have a higher risk of skin cancer than the naturally tan beauties on South Beach, shout out FAU and FIU chapters.
 
What can we do? Simply, “Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap!”
 
As sorority girls, I think we can get behind a chant that might save our life. When trying to reduce your exposure to those harmful UV rays: slip on a chic cover-up, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a Southern-style floppy hat, and wrap those baby blues in the trendy “bug eye” glasses you saw in Vogue.
 
What should you look out for? Trust me, I am not a doctor. If you notice any spots, old, new, or different, head to your doctor or dermatologist for a check. They will ask for your personal and family history related to exposure, note the area in question, and may even take a biopsy. Getting at the area early is really important to prevent spread and improve your treatment outcome.
 
Sun safely this summer Sigmas.
 

Live on Purpose, and Live Sigma Kappa.

Courtney

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One Response to Skin Is In!

  1. Anne says:

    So true…I apply my face with sunblock everyday before heading out…I already have enough freckles! Lol

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