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Andy Cohen Reveals Melanoma Scare

American talk show and radio host, Any Cohen, revealed on Friday, November 25th, he was diagnosed with melanoma earlier this year.

While co-hosting on LIVE! With Kelly, Cohen told Ripa, "I had this black dot on my bottom lip [and] you and I were at a a party for Anderson [Cooper]'s mom in April, and you said, 'You have a black dot on your lip. I don't think that's something good."

"Finally I did and it was melanoma," Cohen said. "They removed it—the whole thing—and I just want to thank you."

"I love the sun, I really do, but just be careful," Cohen stated. "And I, of course, never thought that that kind of thing would happen to me, and it will change my relationship to the sun. But you really helped me out there, and thank you for staying on me. I'm just really grateful that you did that."

Don't forget to stay sun safe all year long!

 

Welcome Spring With Protected Skin!

Spring is officially here and that means it's time to gear up for the warm months ahead! Here's how to prepare: 

1. Stock up on sunscreen – Head to your nearest drugstore to make this very important purchase. Your skin will thank you.

2. Purchase UPF Clothing – Treat yourself this spring! We love Mott 50.

Photo Credit: Mott 50

Photo Credit: Mott 50

3. Get A Cool Hat – Everyone will be turning heads. We love Coolibar's section of summer hats.

Credit: Coolibar

4. Plan A Getaway – Why not, right?! 15 Best Spring Vacations' via U.S. News Travel

5. Purchase our NEW Body Stickers – Great for kids and adults, too. Each package comes with 10 new designs. One sticker works all day, wet or dry! Shop here

The Brown Skin Too Foundation

We recently came across a wonderful foundation called The Brown Skin Too Foundation. They 'provide education and awareness of melanoma, which is the most serious form of skin cancer, and promotes skin wellness among people of color.' And, their story is a must read.

So, why brown skin too? To start, it's a myth that people of color do not get skin cancer. According to the Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate of melanoma is 78% among African-Americans.

Learn more about The Brown Skin Too Foundation here. And, remember to always, always wear sunscreen and protect your skin while in the sun!

10 Ways to Protect Your Skin

Protecting your skin year round is essential to living a healthy lifestyle. By doing so, you will help prevent skin problems such as melanoma and brown spots and delay the natural aging process.

These ten skin tips will keep your skin glowing for years to come:

  1. Wear sunscreen every day.
  2. Avoid tanning beds.
  3. Seek shade when possible.
  4. Reapply sunscreen.
  5. Wear protective clothing.
  6. Schedule an annual skin check.
  7. Drink plenty of water.
  8. Always have sunscreen in your car.
  9. Wear a hat and sunglasses.
  10. Watch those clouds.

 

Which skin tips do you practice on a daily basis? Share below!

Skin Cancer Facts You NEED to Know!

We all know that cancer is a terrible thing. Cancer alone kills millions of people every year and the number of diagnosis rises each year. It's true that knowledge is power. The more knowledge we have about cancer, the better we can take preventative care and help with early detection. Here are 10 fast facts about skin cancer that you NEED to know.

1. Each year in the US, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer. In 2006, 3.5 million cases were diagnosed in 2.2 million people.

2. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.

3. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

4. About 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

5. One person dies of melanoma every hour.

6. On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.

7. Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer for males and seventh most common for females.

8. More people develop skin cancer because of tanning than develop lung cancer because of smoking.

9. Just one indoor tanning session increases users’ chances of developing melanoma by 20 percent, and each additional session during the same year boosts the risk almost another two percent.

10. The annual cost of treating skin cancers in the US is estimated at $8.1 billion: about $4.8 billion for non-melanoma skin cancers and $3.3 billion for melanoma.

Knowing these facts about skin cancer can be the difference between life and death. Stay informed and stay-sun safe all year long to decrease your chances of skin cancer.

For more information and facts on skin cancer, head to the Skin Cancer Foundation's website