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Blueberry Plum Protein Oatmeal and Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Next up is a clean protein oatmeal recipe to keep you fueled all morning. Before you get there take a look at some information about squamous cell carcinoma to round out our recent discussions on a few types of skin cancer.

blueberry plum protein oatmeal...and a dash of cinnamon

Ok let’s wrap up some of the skin cancers with this post. The last major one that I want to discuss with  you at this time is cutaneous (skin) squamous cell carcinoma. It, like the others, is largely based on sun exposure. In this post, like the ones on melanoma and basal cell carcinoma respectively, I want to give you some of the more recognizable features.

Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin can have a precursor called actinic keratosis.

This is a skin lesion that develops when your skin is damaged by the UV rays. These spots are usually red, crusty/scaly patches found in sun exposed areas.

They have the potential to transform into squamous cell carcinoma. They are often treated topically and can be prevented by avoiding UV rays, and using sunscreen appropriately. Now I’m not telling you to hide inside, though! I want people be outside enjoying nature whenever possible. I just want you to do it with proper attire and sunblock!

Not all squamous cell carcinomas of the skin come from these actinic keratoses. Also, squamous cell carcinomas can vary in their appearance. They are generally red/pink, and can be scaly or look like a sore and can be all different sizes. Take note if you have any areas like this. Also be aware of an area/spot that just won’t heal (particularly if it develops around/in an old scar or wound). If so, then I would be concerned with that spot and get it examined.

When on the face, although not a steadfast rule as I mentioned in the other post on basal cell carcinoma, they generally like outside of the diamond that I talked about. So think more lower lip, forehead, outer cheeks etc which is opposite basal cell carcinoma. They can be found anywhere though on the face.

There are various methods used to treat these lesions, but the most important thing, like I’ve mentioned before is to become familiar with your body and recognize when things look different. If something just doesn’t look right, or has any of the features that I have mentioned in any of these posts, I highly recommend you get them looked at by your PCP, or dermatologist. It’s better to be safe than sorry. It’s also important to remember to wear sunblock that covers both UVA and UVB wavelengths. Finally, please, please please don’t use a tanning bed.

Now that I’ve perhaps grossed you out with some pictures, maybe you’d still be willing to test out one of my recipes! Also, there is still time to enter my giveaway for a bunch of free core hydration waters! Check out the post (with one of my guilt free cheesecake recipes included too!) here

Had you known about all of these different types of skin cancers?

Have you started familiarizing yourself with your body?

blueberry plum protein oatmeal...and a dash of cinnamon
Blueberry Plum Protein Oatmeal and Squamous Cell Carcinoma
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Servings Prep Time
1 bowl 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 bowl 5 minutes
Servings: bowl
  1. Cook oatmeal using your preferred liquid and preferred cooking method*. Toss in your diced plum and berries if you want them soft
  2. Once your oatmeal is finished cooking, add all ingredients (except for the fruit if not already added) and mix completely
  3. Once mixed, fold in your plum and berries. Eat and enjoy!
Recipe Notes
  1. I prefer to make mine in the microwave with water, but feel free to use and do whatever you'd like to get those oats cooked! If you're not sure what to do, just shoot me a message and I'll give you more cooking direction!
  2. If you're not used to psyllium, start low and work your way up. Drink plenty of liquid, too!
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  • Annmarie August 16, 2016, 8:19 PM

    I haven’t tried to make anything with plum this year but I definitely should! SO good!

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon August 17, 2016, 7:37 AM

      Honestly, I don’t think about them as much as I should either! When they are perfectly ripe, man are they good! I always forget about them. Poor plums haha. They did really well in this recipe, though!

  • Rachel August 15, 2016, 6:43 PM

    Haha, reading other people’s comments is cracking me up. Especially because I was like “what’s blueberry plum protein squamous cell oatmeal?”

    Lol, I’m kidding. 🙂

    Great recipe, it looks awesome!

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon August 15, 2016, 7:29 PM

      Haha yeah some of them are pretty funny. I tried to warn people about the pictures! (Well..Ok maybe at the end I did..and not the beginning haha). EW! haha That’s hilarious “squamous cell oatmeal”, hmm actually that reminds me of when I used to bake and decorate anatomytype things. (random I know and sort of nerdy). Maybe I’ll make an interpretative representation of cancer through oatmeal. Actually, cancer is not aesthetically pleasing…nix that idea. Gross. Haha

  • Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands August 15, 2016, 9:58 AM

    Great reminder to use sunscreen and get skin screening regularly!
    Love the combination of plums and blueberries in oatmeal. Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday!

  • Helen at the Lazy Gastronome August 14, 2016, 8:42 AM

    Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party

  • Mary Ellen @ VNutrition August 13, 2016, 7:45 PM

    Really great info on the skin cancers! I love informative posts (even the the pics were gross lol).

    Your protein oatmeal looks so good! Thanks so much for linking up with us for #HealthyVeganFridays! I’m Pinning and sharing!

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon August 13, 2016, 8:50 PM

      Haha sorry about the pictures…but I think they are important! The oatmeal was tasty! I like the burst of fruit in it to naturally sweeten it up!

  • Angela August 13, 2016, 4:50 PM

    I love you posts! Great medical info combined with a yummy recipe!! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-Up. Pinned 🙂

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon August 13, 2016, 6:24 PM

      I’m so happy to hear that you like my posts! It’s def my aim to try and share my knowledge in an easy to understand way to readers. Thanks for making my day!

  • Liz | Travelling Table Tales August 12, 2016, 11:10 PM

    This recipe looks great.
    And thank you for the information. I didn’t realise how many types of skin cancer there were until I recently started working as a research assistant in Psycho-Oncology.

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon August 13, 2016, 9:06 AM

      You’re very welcome. Yeah I just tried to give some basics, but there is certainly a lot to the skin cancers. That’s a difficult field to work in, but I think there is a lot of work that can be done on the research aspect of psycho-oncology. So, you’re definitely an important part to the whole oncology field!

  • Lorena August 12, 2016, 11:26 AM

    Haha, I love that you started to summarize your studies on your blog. The photos are a bit hard to watch but so great to read a “different” food blog 😀

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon August 12, 2016, 6:39 PM

      Haha..umm sorry about the pictures haha. But I’m glad you like it. My aim is to really try to share/translate some of my knowledge in a way that can be used by/be useful for readers! Nutrition is such an important part of health too and doesn’t have to be hard, time consuming or bland (as you well know!) hence the recipe part, but I’m hoping to continue to expand the medical aspect of the blog since well…that’s what I do and where I hope I can make a difference/be helpful!

  • karrie @ Tasty Ever After August 11, 2016, 9:49 PM

    I must admit, this is the first time I’ve ever seen an oatmeal recipe paired with the 411 on skin cancer. lol! Actually, I like it because it’s good to get the word out about being careful in the sun. I grew up in South Florida and hardly ever used sunscreen. Now, I wear it whenever I’m outside because I know it’s so important. AND that oatmeal looks delicious! Love that you added protein powder too 🙂

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon August 12, 2016, 6:33 PM

      Haha glad to be pushing boundaries here ;). It is important! I try to be more vigilant about it too now. The oatmeal was tasty and I love adding protein powder for a nice satiety boost!

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