With spring and summer just around the corner, it is safe to assume that sooner than later many of us will be breaking out the bikinis and oils in an effort to start building a tan.
But before I continue, please note that this author is not a part of that “us” group — I am pasty white year round, with a chance of sunburn and freckles in the summer time.
Anyhoo, this trend makes me begin to start thinking about skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States (can you believe that?!). Now, I know you are going to think that I really just have a vengeance to stop everyone from getting a bronzed bod because I can’t.
And that is true.
But, seriously, skin cancer is a scary thing. And just-released press about the disease, including a recent recovery story about Grey’s Anatomy star, actor Eric Dane, — known to the ladies as Dr. McSteamy! — makes us realize that no one is exempt. And these warnings go to everyone, including those who think they have skin that “naturally tans” and people who are less than golden, like me.
Take this skin cancer quiz. I think you will be glad to have the information on hand come time for skin cancer — um, tanning? — season. I missed number six, and the answer just shocked me — I had no clue!
P.S. The use of my ass in the above picture was previously approved by me, Caroline Shannon, the owner of the more than perfect derrière. (Ha, ha — yeah, right!)