This week Barbara Hannah Grufferman of Best of Everything After 50 is hosting Fashion Flash. Positive Living Expert of AARP Barbara has a delight in living and learning that is absolutely infectious. As the decades roll by, its all too common to fall into a cynical disappointed mode and rant about what’s wrong with our lives. Not Barbara Hannah Gufferman, and her gorgeous redesigned blog is the perfect antidote to mid-life malaise. Read it every day for stimulating new articles on health, beauty, and social issues that deserve our attention.
May is National Melanoma Awareness Month and the numbers are sobering. Its the #1 cancer in women in their 20’s and #2 in women in their thirties. And unlike other forms of skin cancer is can be fatal if not caught and treated early. Reggae legend Bob Marley died of a type of melanoma that started under the nail of his big toe. He thought it was a soccer injury and ignored it until it spread to his lungs. He was only 36 years old.
Join the Fight Against Skin Cancer
I hve to admit that until I met New York dermatologist Dr Ellen Marmur I ignored the PSA’s on skin cancer. Super smart and beautiful, Dr Ellen is passionate about skin cancer prevention. Not only is she an internationally recognized skin cancer surgeon, she is also a skin cancer survivor. Her story finally got my attention and now I faithfully slather on sunscreens as naturally as I brush my teeth.
Now she is taking her campaign against skin cancer to new heights– literally.
From July 16- July 30, Dr Marmur and a team of skin cancer survivors and advocates are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The goal? To raise awareness and money for a disease that annually affects 1.5 million men, women and children in the US.
Dr Marmur has committed to raising $1,000,000 for the American Academy of Dermatology Spot Cancer Campaign and you can participte by contributing to the “Skin Cancer Take a Hike” climb. If you or anyone in your family has ever been told that they had skin cancer, you know how frightening the experience can be. (Been there, done that and got the tee shirt). Please join me to support this valuable program and fundamentally change the landscape on skin cancer in America.
And on a personal note, Memorial Day is the start of the pool and beach season. Stock up on sun screens for the whole family and use it each and everyday. Stay safe and beautiful this summer!