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My journey as a writer began as a child, but my first published book came as a result of my ovarian cancer diagnosis. The title is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received three awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthor www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Friday, May 23, 2014


  • Would you recognize it on yourself or someone else?
  • Do you know the risk factors?
  • Do you know how to reduce your risk for developing it?

According to Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN:
  1. It is the most serious type of skin cancer
  2. Risk factors are increasing those under 40 years of age, fair-skinned, frequent sunburns, excessive UV, live close to equator, have many moles, or a family history of melanoma.
  3. Exposure to UV light from the sun or tanning beds increases your risk.
  4. Symptoms: change in existing mole or any unusual looking growth on the skin.
  5. This is what it looks like:

How does one choose the correct sunscreen or sunblock? Here is a link from the American Melanoma Foundation http://www.melanomafoundation.org/prevention/facts.htm

           If this blog has raised some concern in you, then I have done my job!
   If you are fearful about a skin or mole change, then set up an appointment with a dermatologist.
 If you use sunscreen, avoid over exposure in the sun, and limit your use of tanning beds, then you are   making some healthy choices.

         The skin is our largest organ, 
               it is related to all of our 5 senses,
                   and it is too often the most ignored and abused. 
                        We can enjoy the sun, 
                               but we may need to be a little wiser in the choices we are making.

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