That’s an Affirmative!
Yes, Melanoma Monday is the first Monday in May, landing on May 6th in 2019. Bizarre perhaps that we recognize this deadly skin cancer with it’s own day? Not really and as a melanoma patient it takes on a deeper meaning, education for others in a culture of sun worship. Why, the whole month of May is a promotion of skin cancer awareness!
For those of you who follow along, many of us with skin cancer are changing our ways. I’m not the person to stay inside on the beautiful days of each season; I’ve learned to wear my sunscreen, sunglasses, SPF clothing, etc. This is how I live my life well and with a strict adherence to sun safety.
Why Melanoma Monday?
There are many reasons that it’s important to learn about melanoma and why Melanoma Monday is critical. I’m including my list here of what you need to know and share about #MelanomaMonday :
- Melanoma is deadly
- This skin cancer holds your sun history from long ago
- Longer days of sunshine mean greater exposure
- People falsely believe it won’t happen to them; melanoma cancer does NOT discriminate based on skin color
- Life, work, and outdoor adventure continues, just with more thought
- Lesser known cancers such as melanoma need more promotion (learn about melanoma, share what you know, medical knowledge takes money)
This isn’t about rejecting the outdoor life, but more about rethinking how you do it!
What Ribbon Is That?
Unfortunately, many of us know all too well the color of pink ribbons for breast cancer. Having lost friends and family to this outrageous disease, the pink ribbon is part of our lives, seen on license plates, t-shirts, and research information. Other causes have their colors, a great marketing visual whether for a walk/run, fundraiser, or a reminder that the efforts are ongoing in the fight for health, politics, or gender equality.
Black is the color for melanoma awareness. YIKES! That sure scares me, does it you? The ribbon represents black tumors and the warrior, fighting for life now and every day. It also represents other causes such as: mourning, gun control, sleep disorders, and anti-terrorism. Seems rather dark and gloomy, right?
Black Is Beautiful!
Spin it beautiful. Black goes with everything and everyone! Spread the word about skin cancer with friends, families, and those who are choosing ignorance. We know too much about this deadly disease (and not enough to always save lives) to not pay attention.
Sun safety and melanoma awareness are not a black, hidden in dark places. It’s about light, living, and life. Knowledge brings us hope and inspiration. Medical help and study is scant at times with melanoma; promote more study! Be #sunsmart for yourself and model a new culture for our children, a culture of bright, shining people who prepare for the sun with respect for it’s potential.
In darkness, even black ribbon dark, there’s a glow of light. Carry it forward! Lots to talk about this time of year and may you enjoy every ray with #sunscreen . I’d love to hear what you are doing to promote sun safety in the comments! Thanks for signing up and following my blog! #naturalskinrocks #melanoma #cancer #melanomaawareness #blackMonday
We can-cer vive!