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An Aspirin a Day Could Keep Skin Cancer at Bay

Is there a helpful connection between daily aspirin therapy and  preventing skin cancer? Are there foods and beverages that can also reduce your chances of having cancer? You’d be surprised at the health benefits in a cup of coffee! Read more from Ellen Dolgen. many women in their teens and twenties, seeking the perfect 10 of a tan used to be a full-time job on hot summer days. However, those of us going through menopause need only glance at the age spots on our hands to wish we had a ‘do over!’

Skin cancer incidence is up by an alarming rate and according to the Mayo Clinic, it has increased eight-fold overall in middle-aged women since 1970, with women in their late forties showing a marked increase in melanoma. That information has prompted studies of a menopausal hormonal connection to this disease with mixed results.

Spot Skin Cancer

First line of defense is you and the knowledge of your own body. It’s wise to spend one morning a month carefully looking at your skin armed with a hand mirror to see those hidden areas such as under your arms and behind your ears and even between your toes. Tech lovers will be happy to know that smart phones are in on the act with teledermoscopy software for mobile devices. Zoom, point, shoot and text suspicious spot shots to your dermatologist!

The Skin Cancer Foundation lists three basic types: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. That’s the one that can be invasive and very lethal. However, as we age, most growths are what doctors call ‘barnacles.’ They’re ugly, but harmless. So, how can you tell what’s what?

Know Your ABC’s

The American Cancer Society says these are the five warning signs:

  • Asymmetry—is the spot unequal when halved
  • Borders—are they even because melanomas are uneven
  • Color—most cancers show color variety including brown, black, even red or blue
  • Diameter—most melanomas are the size of a pencil eraser or larger (1/4 inch)
  • Evolving—bleeding, itching, crusting or size change

Don’t go it alone. The National Institute of Health says physicians can identify malignant skin cancers right off the bat, making twice-yearly trips to the dermatologist critical as one visual scan could be a lifesaver.

Healthy Steps

Studies show women who took aspirin daily had a 21% lower rate of melanoma than those who didn’t because of a positive chemical effect on the body

The American Institute for Cancer Research found that your morning Joe contains powerful antioxidants in fighting cancer. Turns out that lingering over that second cup in the morning is good for you. Coffee has a chemical compound that binds with the beans when they’re roasted, creating a powerful anti-oxidant immune boost. Not a bad way to start the day!

The University of Maryland Medical Center says these vegetables are super heroes in the cancer fight:

  • Broccoli, celery and onions (contain flavonoids which fight inflammation)
  • Tomatoes, apples, cherries and grapes (resveratrol found in the skin is the key)
  • Turmeric spice (anti-oxidant)

Omega 3 in fatty fish is a proven tumor fighter, according to numerous university studies, because it slows the progression of skin cancer and reduces inflammation—a contributing factor in many types of cancer.

Last but certainly not least—always use a powerful sunscreen with the ingredient avobenzone, which has been proven to absorb the full spectrum of ultraviolet rays. Your sunscreen should have an SPF15 or greater, which filters out 93% of those harmful rays. Studies show that solar radiation can suppress your immune system, giving skin cancer room to grow, so be sure to make applying sunscreen part of your morning routine.

Skin is the biggest organ of your body and deserves a second look. Become as dedicated to fighting skin cancer now as you were to getting a summer tan back in the day. Taking care of your skin proactively translates to a healthy glow without even a hint of a tan!

Suffering in Silence is Out! Reaching Out is In!

Ellen Dolgen

Ellen Dolgen, menopause education is a mission. Spurred by her own experience struggling with the symptoms of menopause, Dolgen has devoted the last ten years of her life to helping other women during this often difficult time. While she’s not a doctor or scientist, she’s “talked the talk” with countless menopause experts, so that she can “walk the menopause walk” and share the keys to this menopause kingdom. Together with her son, Jack, she created a FREE eBook, MENOPAUSE MONDAYS The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause, a comprehensive guide to all things menopause—the symptoms, the treatments, and the long-range effects on a woman’s health. Dolgen shares the expertise of numerous specialists to replace confusion and embarrassment with medically sound solutions, presented in an entertaining and informative way.

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Janie Emaus

Thursday 5th of June 2014

It scares me think of what I used to do to my poor skin. I'm glad young women are more knowledgeable today and in part due to wonderful women like you.

Ellen Dolgen

Friday 6th of June 2014

Me too, Janie! But----we didn't know any better. Today I am slathered in sunscreen...but back int he day I had on baby oil! OY!

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