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Angela Coppola

Angela Coppola

Venice Beach, Florida

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Summer is just around the corner, and everyone is daydreaming to be poolside or beach side, but we can’t forget the dangers of too much sun exposure.  After the long winter and fall season, everyone just wants to feel the warm rays on their skin, but we must take precautions. Most of the time, we get to the pool and beach and we just dive right in, literally. I’m guilty of this too and we ignore our mom’s yelling,”get back here you need sunscreen first” as they lather it all over our younger siblings. We never listen and by the time we get home and wash up we see are red burning skin and are thinking, “great, I have sunburn. Where is the aloe?”

Now, if you are half as paranoid as me ,I doubt you are, I will start checking my body for new “birth marks” or dark spots on my skin which could possible be skin cancer. Usually I find one one questionable mark on my body that I can’t recall if I had or not. So then I frantically run to my parents asking if they remember this dark spot on my skin and they go, “Angela, you have had that since you were born,” and relief finally sets in, but it’s still a scary experience. To put this in perspective, a statistical report  according to this website states, “More than one million cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year… about 90 percent of skin cancers are associated with UV radiation [sun radiation]”. That is a powerful statistic we lose so many lives unnecessarily if we would just protect our skin.  

This is a serious issue among teenagers and young adults as we don’t take our body seriously. We need to make more young adults and teens aware of how to keep their body healthy since it’s the only one we have, and plus, your body is your home. So in retrospect, just putting on sunscreen can decrease the chances of skin cancer and premature skin aging. So next time you are doing a physical activity make sure you are protecting your body.

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