Is that a ….mole?

I ran 6 miles this morning, negative splits, and yet another run that I thoroughly enjoyed. Sometimes you just have weeks like that and every run will seem effortless but that’s not always the case.

Even though I left the house around 7am and planned on being back by around 8am, I still applied sunscreen. I guess it’s a habit because in Florida that’s just what you do, unless you’re a lizard and well, I’m not, and I don’t really want to look like one either.

Recently, there was a study in Austria which showed that distance runners have an increased risk of developing skin cancer and another study which showed that sunscreen may not always provide protection from deadly forms of skin cancer. That’s some scary stuff y’all.

I’ve probably mentioned it on the blog before but in case you didn’t know it, I’ve already had a little bout with melanoma and it scared the bejesus out of me. Skin cancer also runs in my family and once you’ve had melanoma you have an increased risk of recurrence, so when I go outside I am super cautious and I am always looking for unusual moles or changes in existing moles.

unusual mole

For the record, this is not the type of unusual mole I’m talking about. This one’s actually cute.

I already know that you can never be too careful when it comes to the sun and that’s why I don’t rely on sunscreen alone. If I run between the hours of 10am and 4pm I wear clothing with built-in SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and I always wear a visor. I also wear sunglasses with UV protection and when it comes to my sunscreen the higher the SPF the better. I buy 100 or higher and I re-apply constantly.

There are many products on the market now which make it a lot easier to get protection from the sun without having to avoid the sun all together, but you need to use them. You should also visit this site to find out about skin cancer and to learn the warning signs.

I never thought I would have to worry about skin cancer because I wasn’t aware of all the risk factors. Turns out I had a much higher risk than even I would have guessed. So, learn the risk, take precaution and be careful. After all, you’re already taking steps to stay healthy and fit, keep your skin healthy too.

Have you had a lot of sunburns in your life?

Did you know that the amount of sunburns you had as a child increases your risk of skin cancer?

12 thoughts on “Is that a ….mole?

  1. Good things to remember. I try not to run out in the scorching heat during the summer but I know that sunlight is still sunlight no matter the temp. Skin cancer runs in my family so I always spray down myself and my kids whenever we’re going to be out.
    I got a wicked sunburn when I was about 10. My cousin and I put on her mom’s tanning oil and laid out in the sun..well we ended up falling asleep and woke up red and crispy! We dozed off on our stomachs and thankfully our shoulders got the worst of it.. why no one checked on us or made us move? I have no clue. That same cousin has melanoma in her left arm and they are trying to prevent it from getting into her bloodstream. Skin cancer can turn ugly real fast..
    Thanks for the reminder to keep our skin healthy and protected!

    • You’re so welcome and I will say a prayer for your cousin. Fortunately with melanoma, if it is caught early it has a high cure rate.

  2. I’m not the best about sunscreen but I do use some when I go to the beach. I’m a bad Floridian.
    That mole’s paws are scary looking.

  3. This is really important. I am super pale and I have always used sunscreen. Even before it was cool! Still as a kid I got bad burns and I am really vigilant checking me and my hubby! Thanks for the reminder.

    • I’m so glad to hear that. I had a few people tell me I was being over cautious when I noticed my first suspicious mole. Turns out it was melanoma but we caught it very early. You can never be too careful!

  4. This sounds ridiculous, but I never even thought about putting it on in the morning! Those hours add up when you are out there ever day.

    • They certainly do. I only run in the early morning and when I’m out at any other time, I’m wearing full sunscreen and spf clothing and I STILL get tan! The sun is way stronger than we think.

  5. I tend not to go out stay out of the water… or in the case of running, in the sun for too long. I’m already tanned, so I don’t need the color. But I’m sure we all of some degree of sunburn when we are out and about even though we don’t know it.

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