Protect Your Private Parts While Exposed To The Sun
We are committed to bringing you a continual stream of anecdotes and information that in some way helps protect you and yours from skin cancer and Melanoma. However, every once in a while we have a cross-referential opportunity that we’re happy to bring you. In other words, we have a chance to deliver tips on preventing other cancers, too. With that in mind we’ll focus today’s blog on breast health in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
If you were like me, you tanned in the tanning beds “au natural.” It now disgusts me to think that I once willingly exposed all of my body parts to UV radiation. But as we’ve mentioned in earlier posts, back then we knew very little about the negative effects of tanning. That being said, whether you’re a man or woman nipples are an especially sensitive thin layer of skin. They shouldn’t be exposed to UV at all, yet in many countries topless sunbathing is the norm. And it’s cringe-worthy watching people walk around with their extra sensitive parts exposed while knowing how sun-sensitive they are. You wonder if sun protection is of any concern at all to those who have nothing covered up. If it’s not, it really should be.
Significant weight gain, regardless of reason, can raise the possibility of contracting breast (and other) cancers. Many women check their breasts on a regular basis for abnormalities and, while they often find nothing, the practice itself is very wise and should be ongoing. And please remember, nothing you may read here is a guarantee that you have anything; it’s only that it’s never a bad idea to check the unexpected with your doctor-just to be sure.
Normally, similarly-proportioned breasts are a good sign; though that’s not a certainty. Here are a few instances in which you may want to get a second, professional, opinion. If one of your breasts no longer resembles the other in shape or form, please make yourself an appointment with your doctor. Also, while a singular, raised area on your areola could easily be benign, it too is worth getting checked out.
If you find yourself scratching your nipples more than usual, it’s likely due to one or more very common reasons. But in extreme instances one particular form of breast cancer may have manifested if, according to Cosmopolitan, you find “flaky, crusty skin; a flattened nipple; and yellow or bloody discharge”. Also per Cosmo, “dimpling” in either your nipple or breast MAY be a sign of cancer. Or, if either boob’s previously smooth texture becomes coarse, you know the drill. Dial your GP’s digits.
As is always the case when you have naturally pale skin, it’s much easier to incur sunburn; and therefore increase your chance of developing Melanoma or other skin cancers. And that includes your breasts. If this describes you it’s even more important to cover yourself up with clothing or, at the very least, make sure to use plenty of sunscreen on them during any outside activity. And as a side note, even if you’re not fair skinned, it in no way exempts you from the need for sun skin or UV ray protection. Black, white, brown, green, chartreuse or whatever you may be-please apply sunscreen to yourself liberally. Because melanoma can strike at anyone of any race of any gender of any skin tone.
Let’s summarize, shall we? Like any other slight irregularities, it’s important to remember that any number of insignificant changes to your breasts are normal, typically; with no reason to be immediately concerned. But there are numerous men and women who’ve spent many, many years in college earning their doctorates who’d be happy to confirm that nothing’s wrong. Or that something might be. Either way, the smart play no matter how unimportant you may think any question is, is to give your doctor a visit.
Honestly, please just check it out and be done with it.
Save your Ta-tas and save your skin.
Sundicators – The Best Skin-surance Under The Sun
*Source for some material: Cosmopolitan
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