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Sunscreens and Hats!

By: palmettobug53, 4:43 PM GMT on April 29, 2009

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FYI... It's not just us white folks that have to worry about skin cancer. Those of you who are of a darker complexion are not immune: Skin Cancer and African-Americans.
It is that time of year again. Time to think about getting yourself checked. Time to think about your hat wardrobe. Time to check your sunscreen supplies.

It has now been a year since I lost my brother, Larry, to Stage IV metastic melanoma. This last 12 months have been very hard. There isn't a day that goes by, that I don't think about him. Think about how much I wish he had caught it just a few months, or even weeks, earlier. I miss him so much. My only consolation is that he is with my Mama, my Gramma and all our beloved pets and that one day Dad and I will join him.

So, don't let this happen to you or your loved ones. Pick up that phone and make an appointment to have a full body skin check. For you. For your spouse or significant other. For your children.

The entire month of May is Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month, so check out these links:

National Melanoma Alliance

Melanoma Monday and National Skin Examination Day is the first Monday of May. That will be May 4th, this year.

Don't Fry Day is the Friday before Memorial Day.

From NCI/Cancer.Gov:

Estimated new cases and deaths from skin (nonmelanoma) cancer in the United States in 2008:
New cases: more than 1,000,000
Deaths: less than 1,000

From CDC.Gov:

Incidence Trends
In the United States, incidence of melanoma of the skin has

increased significantly by 7.7% per year from 2003 to 2005 among men.
increased significantly by 2.9% per year from 1993 to 2005 among women.
Among whites, incidence has

increased significantly by 2.9% per year from 1996 to 2005 among men.
increased significantly by 3.5% per year from 1996 to 2005 among women.

Mortality Trends
In the United States, deaths from melanoma of the skin have

remained level from 1990 to 2005 among men.
Among whites, deaths have

remained level from 1990 to 2005 among men.

Avoid tanning beds!!!! I don't care what tanning salon owners tell you about how "safe" tanning beds are, DON'T USE THEM!!!


CBS News - 9/18/2008

I'll probably tweak this a bit later on. I'm at work right now and want to run over to the hospital and drop my name in the hat for a free facial at The Spa at Charleston Place. They're going to give away four free facials, worth over $100.00 and I want to get my dibs in!

Free Facials for Melanoma Monday.

(I put my name in the hat but haven't heard anything yet. I'm not sure just when the drawing was going to be. Possibly on Monday, for Melanoma Monday. The facial normally costs $125.00 and takes almost an hour to do. It would be nice!


The Spa at Charleston Place

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Updated: 5:18 PM GMT on May 30, 2009


Fires in SC Contained; Not Out

By: palmettobug53, 4:52 PM GMT on April 01, 2009

We've got some rather nasty fires here in SC. Gov. Sanford has declared a state of emergency. One very large fire in Myrtle Beach; one smaller in Georgetown County, burning into Brookgreen Gardens.

For up to date info, check in with Live5News
Figured it was about time to spring for a new entry. Smom seems to be recuperating with no problems, so there's really nothing new on that front. She's still in the infirmary at the moment but I expect she'll be moving back to the house soon.

Since I have no particular theme in mind, we're just going to have a chit chat blog for a while. We can talk about rodent relocation, gardening, ideas for thriftiness, couponing and/or going green, etc. Whatever piques your interest. I'm at work at the moment but I've got some links I'll put up, once I get home. There are some cool links in Harris' Farmer's Almanac 2009 Gardening Guide.

This is the online version of the Original Old Farmer's Almanac. Always a cool read.

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Updated: 4:32 PM GMT on April 29, 2009


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