Tanning and Skin Cancer- How Can I Tell?

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Melanoma Versus Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer. What’s the Difference? How Can I Tell if a Mole is a Problem? 

Ironically tanning makes you look healthier. As a teen I sat in the sun as often as I could. I thought that girls would find me more attractive if I had a tan. Sometimes I even spread tin foil over a double record album to reflect the U.V. rays up to my face.

And now? I study each and every mole on my 55 year old body to see if the mole has changed- grown larger, darker, just changed.

Self-examination is important as far as it goes. Keep in mind however that the two most effective ways to determine if a mole is skin cancer are to:

  • Have your dermatologist examine you with a dermoscope
  • Learn about and pursue evidence-based, non-toxic therapies to reduce your risk of skin cancer-

Click the image below to learn more about skin cancer-

Skin Cancer Mind Map

1) Melanoma-“Melanoma is less common than other skin cancers. However, it is much more dangerous if it is not found in the early stages. It causes the majority (75%) of deaths related to skin cancer..”

2) Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer– “They are due to the development of abnormal cells that have the ability to invade or spread to other parts of the body.[1] There are three main types: basal cell cancer (BCC), squamous cell cancer (SCC) and melanoma.[2] The first two together along with a number of less common skin cancers are known as nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC)”

I am both a cancer survivor and cancer coach. I live an evidence-based, non-toxic, anti-cancer lifestyle through nutrition, supplementation, detox, etc. therapies.

To learn more about other evidence-based therapies that can help prevent the development of non-melanoma skin cancer or relapse, please watch the short video below:

To access the Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Guide, click here.

To learn more scroll down the page and ask me a question. About a melanoma diagnosis, about anti-skin cancer supplementation, you name it, let’s talk about it.


David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Warning: That Tan Could Be Hazardous

“For decades, researchers saw indoor tanning as little more than a curiosity. But a review of the scientific evidence published last year estimated that tanning beds account for as many as 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the United States each year, including 6,000 cases of melanoma, the deadliest form…

Last year, the surgeon general called on Americans to reduce their exposure to the sun and tanning beds to prevent skin cancer, and the Food and Drug Administration invoked its most serious risk warning, lifting tanning beds from a category that included Band-Aids to that of potentially harmful medical devices…

Dr. Jeffrey E. Gershenwald, a leader of the melanoma Atlas project, said studies to date showed that a majority of melanomas initially arising on the skin contain mutations associated with ultraviolet exposure. As for burning, one recent study controlled for that, and still found an increased risk from indoor tanning…

Experts say the increase is real, and not just a matter of better detection. Thicker, more dangerous tumors are rising just as fast — particularly among young women — and rates are also up among the uninsured, who would be less likely to get medical checkups…

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