Skin cancer and how we’re fighting it

About a year ago my mother had a small spot on her lip. We really didn’t think anything of it and she had been to the doctor several times. It wasn’t until I noticed the spot growing rapidly that I forced her to see a dermatologist. He was pretty confident it was Basal Cell Carcinoma but would confirm with a biopsy. Regardless of what it was, it would need to be removed.

On Christmas eve, her doctor called with the results of her biopsy. It wasn’t BCC after all but Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Although non-melonma, it’s still a dangerous cancer because it can spread to the tissues, bones, and lymph nodes. SCC tends to be an aggressive cancer. Once diagnosed, it’s important to get it taken care of quickly. Since her diagnosis, she’s had two surgeries and is now in the prevention phase of skin cancer. 

Like many people my mother had excessive sun exposure and used tanning beds in the 90’s. I’m even guilty. We know a lot more now than we did then. That’s why I am overly protective when it comes to my family and making sure they are protected.

Living in Southern California, it’s easy to be out and about only to realized you forgot to lather up. We’ve taken extra precautions for just those times. We keep sunscreen by the door, in the car, and I keep the sample size packets in my handbag. My girls don’t walk out the door until they’ve applied sunscreen. The sun here shines pretty much all day, I want to be prepared.

Since our move, it feels like we’ve been buying sunscreen in bulk. That’s how I discovered the COOLA brand. They’re based in San Diego and have a farm to face philosophy. Their organic sunscreens are made with 70% certified organic products. With so many sunscreens containing toxins, I’m glad to have an option that works well with our families lifestyle. They have an extensive line of products and I’m excited to share them with you. Not only do they have options for babies and kids, they have a full adult line as well.

My favorite right now? Their Mineral LipLux! It comes in different shades so now we can be fashionable while avoiding sun exposure!

Disclosure: I received compensation or products for review. All opinions are that of GUG.

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