Leather Handbags...  

helga_hansen 49F  
3122 posts
8/8/2005 10:41 am

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Leather Handbags...

papyrina (see Papys diary,) has written a very interesting, AND MUST READ piece on breast cancer, on how every 13 minutes, a woman dies of breast cancer.

In the ensuing comments, the subject of skin cancer came up, and I'd like to second both Papy and Bellinda's comments on skin cancer.

In January 2000, I became aware of a mole that looked damaged (it was red and weeping, and wouldn't heal). I went off to visit my GP, who referred me to an excellent Pigmentation Lesion Clinic here in Bristol. I had my first appointment within days of visting my GP. At that appointment several photographs were taken of this particular mole, and a further appointment (6 months later) was made. Those 6 months were hell... it was the not knowing that was the worst.

Six months passed and I was back at the clinic, where another set of photos were taken, and it was within days of this that I received a letter from the clinic advising me that they wished to perform a biopsy. I duly went for said biopsy, and two weeks later was told the words I had been dreading... malignant . Further surgery was immediately arranged, and in July 2000 I had further skin around the original biopsy site removed.

I had spent many years living in South Africa, where the glorious sunshine lured me, as a teenager, to bronze my body. My specialist told me that skin cancer is becoming one of the most common forms of cancer in the UK, as the British flock to hot spots around the world, and forget/use the wrong factor sun protection. People often only apply protection once a day, when it should be re-applied at least every hour, more often if you have been swimming.

Men are more prone to getting skin cancer on their torsos (how many men do we see in holiday spots with their shirts off, and bright red backs glowing back at us??) and women are prone to getting skin cancer on their arms and legs (one of my biopsies is on my left forearm).

Even more worrying...

A recent television programme here also revealed the prolific use of sun beds by girls under the age of 16, which is actually illegal in the UK. Girls see their idols (pop and movie stars) looking all tanned and beautiful, and in order to emulate them, rush off to top up their tans on sun beds. Quite often these stars have actually spent a fortune on fake tans (the cost sometimes being totally out of reach for teenagers). A young 13 yr old who frequently visited sunbeds, was taken down to London by the investigating reporter, where a special photograph (which reveals skin damage) was taken of her face, and it was quite shocking to see the level of damage to her young skin!!

Despite all this information being out in the public domain, I am still surprised that women are so obsessed with tanning... has nobody told them that their skin could end up looking like an old leather handbag???

*** Footnote - I tried creating a link to Papy's blog, but failed miserably Oh well, I guess I can't be good at everything!!

Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
8/8/2005 11:42 am

Thanks for that ... I'll go and read Papy's piece the long way.

As you know, Helga, I work in a cancer hospital. The stuff I've seen convinces me that this *is* something that people need to take seriously and any and every article that appears like this can only help.

And - if anyone's reading this - consider donating any spare cash you have to cancer research. Great breakthroughs are being made all the time but they need to be funded.

Lecture over ... sorry if anyone's offended.

And thanks again for posting this, ma'am.

rm_EE407 41F
3903 posts
8/8/2005 12:09 pm

Most true....

beech1234 47M

8/8/2005 3:32 pm

Helga,Papy, and Bellinda- I am really pleased that you used your respective blogs to bring attention to this issue. I am constantly seeing people of all ages here in the US overdoing it in the sun and religiously patronizing tanning "salons" (for the record, there is no age restriction for this in the US). I had a friend in High School who died as a result of skin cancer. It was really tough to see a person like her, with such great potential as a human, dying a miserable death at such a young age. Hats, creams, sprays, and even specially treated clothing should all be considered when playing in the sun. An spf factor of at least 50 is a good idea and it works best if you put it on at least 20-30 minutes before you actually go out in the sun. Even if you manage to live your whole life in the sun without contracting skin cancer chances are you will still end up looking like a raisin or a dried-up leather baseball glove...not very sexy. Thanks again, ladies.

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
8/9/2005 5:22 am

well done Helga,lovely informative post,
i'm glad the found your mole so enough,if theres a next time come to Greece and wioth in 24 hours it will be removed ,bioposied,sticked up and all sweet again,and cheap too lol,it cost be 100 euros for two to be removed ,both benign,one you could see growing but the other was more of a funny spot,dry like a wart that wouldn't go away,they were more concerned with that than the mole,so everyone if in dought go ask your doc

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i'm here to stay

raptor880 39M

8/11/2005 4:52 am

All good information.I personally ensure all my animals stay in the shade and remain hydrated.

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
8/12/2005 4:23 am

"Oh well, I guess I can't be good at everything!!"

It's our faults that make us human ... and the things that we do well that can make us divine


SirMounts 102M

8/15/2005 7:27 am

Each individual has a certain amount of hours they can be in the sun, over a lifetime, before skin cancer starts to develop. Unfortunately, no one knows how many hours each individual may have. So, the best thing to do is to direct sun as much as possible, and strive to look sexy in... other ways.

SirMounts 102M

8/15/2005 7:28 am

aviod direct sun, even.

helga_hansen 49F  
1987 posts
8/16/2005 10:09 am

Helga thinks "Tala learnt loads here"


Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

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