Do you happen to have any of those hummus balls you made earlier in the week? If so, use them for this salad! If not, you know they were super easy to make so whip up a batch and then throw them into the salad. Even though there is no meat on this salad, there is still plenty of protein and fiber to keep you satisfied. This salad is clean, vegetarian, and low carb. We’re also going to go over a few points about Melanoma while were at it.
Skin cancer is a hot topic. Now that the weather is heating up and the sun is shining strong, I think it’s a good time to briefly discuss some skin cancer topics. This post is going to focus on melanoma, which is a type of skin cancer. This is not an extensive overview, but just a few basic points to consider.
The scary thing about melanoma is a few fold.
- The depth, is more important than the size.
- Melanoma can metastasize (or “go/show up” other places than where it was originally found)
- It can be YEARS before it metastasizes somewhere else.
- It can hit younger people, too. Unfortunately, I’ve taken care of people right around my age with end stage (months to live) metastatic melanoma
You may have heard of people getting their moles checked out, maybe biopsied (taken off to be analyzed for cancer) sometimes on a regular basis. I myself have had moles taken off to be checked. I recommend you be diligent in noting your moles and looking for aspects that may look suspicious. These are some of the things to look for and ask your doctor about if you think anything is amiss. It’s better to be safer than sorry.
Asymmetry. If your mole does not look the same on one side versus the other side of it.
Border. If the outside of your mole does not have a smooth border.
Color. If the color is not the same within the mole.
All of your moles may not be the same color, but if your mole has a bunch of colors in it (particularly if you notice the colors of it change over time) then you should get it looked at.
Diameter. Particularly if your mole is greater than about the size of a pencil eraser
Evolution. Pay attention to this in particular.
If your mole starts changing, whether its with its coloration, size, etc. That is when you should really pay close attention to it. Take a picture of your suspicious moles so that you have something to compare them with if you watch them on a regular basis.
Remember, not all moles are bad, or scary. There are some large moles that may look sort of scary, but are benign. Look for the aspects noted above. Your doctor, or dermatologist should be able to tell them apart. If there is any question, a biopsy can be done to determine if they are indeed cancerous.
Take responsibility for your skin. Remember to check yourself out regularly, and have someone look on your back for you. It is important to remember your sunscreen (It will help prevent the other types of skin cancer, too)! Like I have mentioned before, prevention is the best method.
As for the salad, like all salads, feel free to adjust amounts to your preference. Here is the link to the hummus balls if you need it!
Have you ever checked your mole situation out before?
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