I think the missing piece in this puzzle that explains part of the difference in
melanoma rates between Colorado and Utah is the per-capita rate of coffee
consumption in both states. In a number of research studies, coffee has been
found to have a protective effect against the growth of certain kinds of
cancers, including melanoma. Utah's per-capita coffee consumption is
probably the lowest in the nation.
I'm from Arizona. Though I lived in Utah a couple of years, I can tell you
that irrespective of our lack of a lot of snow, I don't believe we have the
same ratio (Personal opinion). I've worked out of doors a lot, was a hiker
and a biker, Several friends have had the disease, some native others came here
from elsewhere. My skin turns red on first exposure. Not sore , no blistering.
The next day it's gone, and my skin becomes darker over the next two
weeks. Personally I blame it all on the new liking for persons to expose ever
more skin. I see women now wearing dresses and other coverings with holes in
them to expose more. Men and women do artificial sunning to make skin darker,
and from the information I've seen, it is a much higher risk to put
yourself in one of those lighted coffins.
The problem with sunscreen is that it is unreliable. It never lasts as long as
they say it does. Plus you can miss spots and lose track of time. Now I
don't ever go swimming outdoors without a surf shirt. I know I'm
destined for melanoma at some point. Many blistering sunburns growing up. My
brother had melanoma. Hopefully they find a cure.
I'm just waiting for the sunburns of youth to catch up to me...I know
it's coming. If there's any luck it's that I always wear a lot
of clothes when I'm out, it's always been the way for me to avoid
I had BCC this year and am only 35. I get checked every year, and sometimes
twice a year at this point. I always have a hat on, and usually wear long
sleeves. On a normal day it's just a baseball cap but if I am going hiking
or spending any amount of time outdoors it's a full brimmed hat and long
sleeves. At lagoon this summer I was shocked to notice that no one wears hats,
maybe 25% of the people had a baseball cap on, and I probably only saw 2-3 other
people the entire day that had a full brimmed hat on.
Yes, it is definitely hereditary. My mom's dad, my mom, 2 of my mom's
sisters, my brother, and 9 of the 10 children of my mom's uncle all died of
melanoma. I'm sure there are more that I don't know about. Scary
thing to live with.
I never heard of it, I had to read the article. I've live for the sun. I
love the warmth in the morning as the sun comes up. Ya get vitamin d that you
get from the sun, it's good for the brain. I get brown in the summer from
working in the sun. I went on vacation in Vegas about a month ago an was
at a gas station sitting eating a sandwich an a person came over, thinking I was
homeless an wanted to hand me $2O, because of my suntan. I realized that t was
darker than Latin s. Everyone must live inside never goes outside.
Sun kills skin. No one including children should go out without a hat and sun
screen if they insist on bare skin. Sun screen does not last all day. I wear a
hat and long sleeve shirt.
Frequent sunscreen is necessary. Sunglasses, too.