Skin cancer is colorblind -- no 'free pass'

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  1. Principessa

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    Skin cancer is colorblind -- no 'free pass'
    By Sabriya Rice - CNN Medical Producer

    My mom is old school and always told me black people tanned but didn't sunburn. Like an idiot, I believed her. :rolleyes:Imagine my shock and painful surprise when I found out she was wrong! :eek: I woke up after taking a nap on the upper deck of a Carribbean cruise ship when I was 20ish and found my shoulders, arms, and upper torso covered in tiny blisters. Beneath that my skin was reddish and tender to the touch. We were on an NCL ship and the ships doctor said he had never seen a case of sun poisoning so bad on a black person. :yikes: Great! I do so love to be a trendsetter . . . NOT. :zx11pissed:

    Pigmentation is no 'free pass'
    I had a 2nd bout of sun poisoning about 8 years after the first. I did all the right things, applying a sunblock of 30SPF every hour and after going in the water; but as a lifeguard I guess I was exposed to the sun more than my body could safely handle. :irked:

    I see a dermatologist somewhat regularly because I'm paranoid. :yup: Although they say an SPF 15 is fine, I prefer a sunblock of at least 30-50 SPF that is non-comedogenic. Allegedly non-comedogenic means it won't clog your pores. This usually means buying slightly more expensive brands such as Neutrogena.

    And yes, my white friends laugh at me because I am usually the only one in the group with sunblock equal to a sweatshirt in her purse year round. :rolleyes:

    If I am negligent and find myself in the sun too long and get the beginnings of a sunburn I also keep a bottle of sunburn aftercare, aloe gel with lidocaine in the fridge. It works wonders for dulling that burning sensation. :smile:
     
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    I wore SPF 50 last summer and I barely had a tan.. and I worked outside the entire summer.

    This summer.. not so smart, I sit on the deck after applying Canola oil... I'm stupid, I know.. we're all going to die somehow.
     
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    I had my first such experience in Jamaica years ago. I, also, snoozed face-down pool side and woke up all tingly behind my neck. Never again, I said. And I've kept my promise. And people wonder why Jamaican locals where wool ski caps and long sleeves. They are SMART!
     
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    This is interesting and I totally take the points you make....

    Of course like most people I would presume that black and hispanic, asian people and all those who naturally have a tan would have a greater immunity to burning and skin cancer.

    I wonder if the quote above is right though??? I mean it suggests that those with the darkest skin tones have a natural SPF of around 13 but I wonder what the skin cancer rates are like in the hottest parts of Africa???

    I mean many of the people have such dark skin there and must spend so much time out in the sun that I wonder if their inbuilt immunity to the sun is infact even higher then suggested??? I think that could be quite possible maybe.

    I think skin is weird and complicated anyway u cant predict how it will behave when exposed to the sun...I think I am type 2 or something and pale and should burn really easy but I dont. I don't burn easy and I don't tan easy either. I had a friend at school when I was younger who was black but very light skinned and she had freckles...I've never had freckles in my life and I'm pretty damn pale!!

    I think people should cover up though and use a decent SPF. I certainly wouldn't advocate sunworshipping!!

     
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    I have olive skin so I don't burn as easily as people with a lighter skin tone. I don't ever bother putting on sun-block unless I know I'll be sitting in the sun for extended periods of time, and even then I'm occasionally too lazy to apply it. After reading that though, I think I'll be changing my ways.
     
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