Project 365: Day 215
When I was young I use to tan ALL the time. I would actually put on buckets of baby oil and lay out in the sun...everyday. Once I got a little older and didn't have the luxury to spend hours in the sun, I joined a tanning salon (do they still call them that?) Now, I'm as white as a ghost. I haven't tanned in years. I didn't stop tanning because I was afraid of skin cancer...I just didn't want to look older than I was. Yeah...that's vain, so what. I am a firm believer in sun screen though...especially after hearing all the stats on the harm of too much exposure to sun. I hope my past sun worshipping doesn't come back to bite me in the butt someday.
According to skincancer.org, 1 in 5 American's will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. My sister-n-law is having her surgery tomorrow...which makes me even more aware of the importance of protecting your skin. She hasn't tanned in years either...but just like most of us when we were younger, she worshipped the sun too. My thoughts are with her tonight...I'm sending good vibes her way...
To learn more about skin cancer...visit www.skincancer.org