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Are you careful about heeding doctors’ advice on using sunscreen, or do you let it slide?

L.A. Times 2012/11/01 16:39:52
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It's a conundrum. You want to have fun in the sun, but you don't want skin cancer or — heaven forbid! — wrinkles. Maybe you think you have it made in the shade with sunscreen. But while most sun and skin experts would advise you to slather the stuff on like crazy, many also would warn you not to rely on it too, too much.

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  • Torchy 2012/11/03 03:48:05
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    Torchy
    +7
    I'm so pale I glow in the dark. And I'm not about to trade that awesomeness for anything.

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  • edifyguy 2012/11/04 23:58:25
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    edifyguy
    Guess what science is finally realizing combats skin cancer? Sunshine! Guess what science is finally realizing causes skin cancer? Sunscreen! Sunscreen, like margarine, soy, breakfast cereal, and so many other things, were promoted as "healthy options," but are now being shown to have been horribly unhealthy, and promoted with lies to reap huge profits.
  • Mindy 2012/11/04 23:54:04
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    Mindy
    i say that I'm so pale that I look like raw chicken meat! I do love golden colored skin, but skin cancer isn't fun.
  • Carolyn 2012/11/04 19:28:15
  • Zepland 2012/11/04 17:48:34
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    Zepland
    Since getting basal cell carcinoma on my leg I spend no extended time in the sun. But when out I use plenty of 100+ SPF Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Sunblock! basal
  • nightcrawler2005 2012/11/04 17:36:57
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    nightcrawler2005
    I'll put on sunscreen once in a blue moon but normally no.
  • laydeelapis 2012/11/04 17:33:34 (edited)
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    laydeelapis
    +1
    But my doctor's never needed to lecture me about it. I'm a freak about sunscreen. I have between 15 and 45 SPF on my face year round and in summer, I wear at least 60 everywhere that's exposed.
  • christopher.puksta 2012/11/04 17:30:51
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    +1
    When I am at the beech or fishing on my boat on a sunny day are the only times I wear sun screen. I don't really get bothered by it any other time....
  • Zepland christo... 2012/11/04 17:57:16
    Zepland
    Better something than nothing. Look out for spots like these. Getting basal cell carcinoma made me appreciate sunblock on a whole new level. cancer
  • raelene 2012/11/04 17:16:30
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    raelene
    Trying to get rid of scars in order to do that you have to take sunscreen seriously
  • Bronar 2012/11/04 16:46:42
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    Bronar
    +1
    I spend a lot of time in the sun. I do my best to cover up.
  • Anonymous Loner 2012/11/04 16:21:21
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    Anonymous Loner
    +1
    I burn like bacon if I'm out in the sun too long.
  • Zepland Anonymo... 2012/11/04 17:59:58
    Zepland
    +1
    You need to use 100+ SPF Broad Spectrum Sunblock! It will make all the difference in having young healthy skin.
  • Anonymo... Zepland 2012/11/04 18:01:40
    Anonymous Loner
    +1
    Thanks for the tip.
  • Zepland Anonymo... 2012/11/04 18:09:43
    Zepland
    +1
    My pleasure young blood.
  • Papilio 2012/11/04 16:13:06
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    Papilio
    I hate sun-bathing.It sucks <_<
    I DON'T LIKE THE SUN
    SUUUUUN ,GOOOO AAAWAAAYYY. D:<
  • Eric C. 2012/11/04 15:38:25
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    Eric C.
    Ugh, freckles all over the body.
  • Michaela★ 2012/11/04 14:41:25
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    Michaela★
    Although I am naturally pretty pale (my Dad ios irish) during the summer I tan well (my Mom is completely native american and french-canadian). The only place I put sunscreen is my back and shoulders.
  • tredzwater 2012/11/04 13:19:29
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    tredzwater
    +1
    I'm a redhead and I always burned. I've had 6 malignant melanomas removed and two of them nearly killed me. Now, I use strong sunscreen or wear coverup clothing.

    I have a pleat on my back, a huge "ice cream scoop" dent in one arm, lost 112 lbs. in 9 months from chemo, gave birth to a fine crop of bouncing baby wrinkles and spent most of that time tossing my cookies.

    No tan is worth that.
  • EmoMcParland 2012/11/04 08:57:37
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    EmoMcParland
    I'm Irish fair skin freckles; my dermatologist removes, lots of pre-cancerous lesions annually ; )
  • Crispy 2012/11/04 06:10:16
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    Crispy
    I live on a farm and never put on sunscreen. I know what could happen but i have a lot of stuff to do each day and cant stop just to reapply every few hours. If i get cancer or wrinkles its my own fault.
  • Melody 2012/11/04 04:31:14
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    Melody
    +1
    Tanning is like cooking yourself... just saying
  • Zepland Melody 2012/11/04 18:03:39
    Zepland
    You've got it! And sunblock helps your skin last well into old age.
  • CaliGurl 2012/11/04 04:29:36
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    +1
    I am so completely NOT careful that I expect to have skin cancer and see the signs very soon. Sad but true. I live in So Cal and love a deep, dark tan... looks so damn good on me, too.
  • tredzwater CaliGurl 2012/11/04 18:34:06
    tredzwater
    A honking great hole in your back or arm or face won't look nearly as good. Mine is deep enough to hold half a baseball...right down to the bone. Not to mention the scars from lymph gland removal.

    Just sayin'...
  • Q 2012/11/04 04:11:46
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    +1
    Only when I'm going to be out in the direct sunlight for an extended period of time like on a boat or at the beach, other than that nah...
  • Duke----The Non Racist, Fun... 2012/11/04 04:04:58
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    Duke----The Non Racist, Funny Duke !
    +1
    Have never used sunscreen
  • Kiki,Pixie,Worm 2012/11/04 03:15:22
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    Kiki,Pixie,Worm
    I don't have to be careful though, it's barely sunny D:!
  • justagirl 2012/11/04 03:05:16
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    justagirl
    Pale skin, red hair and freckles..... not about to take a risk with my skin. I avoid going out in the sun for long periods of time :) Call me a vampire lol
  • Willow 2012/11/04 02:58:21
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    Willow
    I'm pale. That's about it.
  • Melicious Kiss of PHAET 2012/11/04 02:29:15
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    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    My children and I use sunscreen every day, it is mixed in with our skin cream, and moisturizers. Step out of the shower and put it on.

    My eldest has vitiligo and his chances of burning and skin cancer are quite high. We are very careful about using it.
  • laydeel... Melicio... 2012/11/04 17:36:12
    laydeelapis
    +1
    I have a touch of vitiligo on my face, too. I'm always careful about using my medicine and then sunscreen.
  • Melicio... laydeel... 2012/11/04 18:21:45
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    How long have you had it? My son's is pretty pervasive, though not much on his face.
  • Melicio... laydeel... 2012/11/04 18:22:23
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    What kind of medicine?
  • laydeel... Melicio... 2012/11/04 18:40:50
    laydeelapis
    It first showed up 2 years ago and we didn't think anything of it, then it spread over this past summer so I went on hydrocortisone, hydroval and one other thing (I don't remember the name). They're just topical creams but it looks like they're working. It really only shows in the summer since the rest of my face gets a bit darker. I'm pretty pale so right now, the two shades are virtually indistinguishable. If it starts to spread more, they're going to try laser treatment.
    How long has your son had it? Does he have it everywhere or just in one area?
  • Melicio... laydeel... 2012/11/04 19:10:06
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +1
    About 8 years, he was close to two when it started to appear. He has large areas on his chest, abdomen, groin, back, legs and arms, and his eye lids.

    We were told, repeatedly that there was nothing to be done. Might be time to bring him back.
  • laydeel... Melicio... 2012/11/04 22:51:19
    laydeelapis
    +1
    They told you there's nothing to be done? That's weird, is it because of a reason specific to your son? Because my friend has it quite bad and she's gotten laser treatments which have helped reduce it significantly.
  • Melicio... laydeel... 2012/11/04 23:23:08
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    Perhaps because of his young age?? :/ He was around 2 when it first showed, he's now 10.
  • laydeel... Melicio... 2012/12/14 00:54:12
    laydeelapis
    +1
    Oh, I see. I can imagine why they wouldn't want to use such extreme treatments on someone so young.
  • Michelle 2012/11/04 02:11:27
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    Michelle
    +3
    Never mind the reports that may now link the chemicals in most sunscreens to the very cancers they are trying to prevent.....
  • Freedom 2012/11/04 01:58:01
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    Freedom
    In sunny situations such as vacation or at the beach, I always use sunblock, a hat, and drink plenty of water. Heatstroke and sunburn are no fun and can ruin a vacation.

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