Need to cool down from all the heat? Why not try out this choconana protein smoothie with toasted coconut that is thick enough to be ice-cream consistency! This no sugar added, low carb, high protein and fiber (and potentially clean and vegan) treat will keep you satisfied and keep you cool. It’s even healthy enough to eat for breakfast 😉 Well also chat a bit about basal cell carcinoma so that you can be proactive and have a basic idea of what to be on the lookout for when you do a skin check!
Let’s talk about another skin cancer today. We’ve discussed Melanoma here, but Basal Cell Carcinoma’s (often abbreviated BCC) are another type of skin cancer that you should be aware of. Like the other skin cancer’s, they are related to sun exposure. (Yet another reason to wear your sunscreen!)
The following are typical characteristics of these types of skin lesions.
They have pink, rolled borders
They have blood vessels in them
They may have a central ulcer
When on the face, they primarily reside centrally
If you draw a diamond from the ear to the corner of the mouth and to the corner of the eye, they like to reside within that diamond. [However, they can be anywhere]
Fair skinned people are more at risk
They are more common in men
This list is by no means exhaustive. In particular, there are other risk factors associated with this type of skin cancer. However, my main goal is for you to be aware and feel free to use this post as a beginner’s guide. As we discussed during the melanoma post, it is important for you to be familiar with your body so that you recognize when things change! If you notice any spots on your body that fit these characteristics, don’t hesitate to get them checked out. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Now, as I ‘ve said before, cure is good, but prevention is better. Although some sun exposure is healthy (looking at your Vitamin D), it is important to wear sunscreen regularly. (Something I certainly need to work more on myself :/). However, make sure your sunscreen has both UVA and UVB protection and don’t forget to re-apply!
Final PSA: for the love of all things good please, please, please AVOID tanning beds. They certainly put you at a much higher risk for all the skin cancers (not to mention accelerated aging).
Now that we’ve talked a bit about the sun let’s cool down with this Choconana protein smoothie with toasted coconut recipe! (Or, if blue is more your style feel free to check out my other smoothie recipe BlueNana Almond Butter Protein Smoothie)
Do you regularly check your skin?
How good are you with wearing sunscreen?
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