It’s hot. Like, oppressively, suffocatingly (is this even a word), miserably hot. As we know, as the temp goes up, bathing suits go on. Pandemic and all, we are heading (responsibly) to the beaches, lakes and pools (and social distancing, because we’re Massachusetts and we’re awesome).
This means we are showing skin that may not have seen the light of day in months. I know your mind is already on the cooler, the hat, the sun screen, etc; but hit the pause button for a second and make sure you take a look at your skin.
Skin cancer can take several forms, from flesh colored little bumps to flat discolorations. They can sometimes itch and bleed or give no indication that they are there at all.
If you feel confident in your skin assessment abilities, make sure you do a thorough check. However, if you aren’t blessed the cervical rotation of an owl, you may want to schedule an appointment with your doctor to come in and get checked out.
In the meantime, have a wonderful and safe summer. We hope to see you soon.
- Brooke Rieth FNP