At age 38, I take my skin health seriously. I am now cancer free!
My dermatologist told me in 2014 that my medical file was way too thick for someone my age which was a sobering message to hear. I’ve had procedures that have successfully removed basil cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinomas, and melanoma. Skin cancer is quite treatable when caught early.
I grew up swimming and playing in the water every day in the summer. As a teenager, I was a lifeguard, and didn’t always follow my dad’s advice to re-apply sunscreen often. I also have blue eyes, freckles, and fair skin which makes me more prone to burn. Being tan seemed more attractive than taking care of my skin until I had my first skin cancer at age 34. Hinsight is 20-20 they say!
While I still enjoy plenty of time outdoors year round, I continue to follow my doctor’s guidelines to prevent further skin damage from the sun. You can read more tips on sun safety on my blog www.theresanie.wordpress.com. I am proud to represent BSNCF as a leader of Team BSNCF.
– Theresa Nie, Virginia