Day 14 — Skin Cancer


Suzanne McClendon’s September Challenge is comprised of 30 questions (one for each day of this month) regarding your background and history.

Day 14: Do you tan easily or do you burn instead?

I used to burn badly. And despite the pain, the blistering, and the peeling layers of skin that made me look like a zombie (or Steve Bannon), I continued to expose my epidermis to the sun, rarely applying sunscreen.

These days I stay out of the sun unless I’m wearing a hat, a long sleeved shirt, and long pants. That’s because five years ago I was diagnosed with skin cancer.

Fortunately, it wasn’t melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. It was squamous cell carcinoma, a common and treatable form.

I’m now skin cancer free, but I’m not taking any chances. So if you see a guy out walking his dog covered from head to toe in clothing, even on the hottest of days, that might very well be me.

3 thoughts on “Day 14 — Skin Cancer

  1. Marilyn Armstrong September 14, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    I used to slather myself with sunscreen — and got burned anyhow. I even got burned through a tee shirt.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango September 14, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      Yes, those pesky sun rays can even penetrate through some types of clothing.


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