Your Skin Is In

As some of you may know, I am a huge advocate for cancer awareness! Cancer has touched my family in many forms and across generations, and I strongly believe in the power, advancement, and modernization of our healthcare system. Modern-day healthcare has come so incredibly far over the years, but many people are wary of taking advantage of it. We only have one life to live, so it is really important to take care of ourselves!

How many of you used to yell at your mom when she tried to put sunblock on you and all you wanted was to jump in the pool? For the longest time because of my naturally darker skin, I would fight my mom tooth and nail about wearing sunblock. My mind never really changed until I started to learn about melanoma in my AP Biology class junior year of high school.

Did you know melanoma is currently the second most common form of cancer in adults aged 15-29? With this title, don't you think more people should be aware of melanoma? The Melanoma Foundation of New England certainly believes so! MFNE is working to help increase melanoma awareness because SURPRISE: melanoma is not only preventable, but 99% curable when caught in time.

But how do you know if you could potentially have melanoma? What do you need to look for? Lucky for y'all, MFNE is launched Your Skin Is In, an educational, pledge based program (offered online as an eLearning curriculum!) and contest that encourages teens and young adults to make a personal promise that they will protect the skin they’re in. Over the past 8 years, MFNE has traveled all over New England, exposing over half a million students to this educational program. Let's help carry this message across the country!

Want to get involved?

The simplest and easiest way is to just take the pledge

Cancer can be life-altering; in comparison, it doesn't seem too bad to just use sunblock before laying out to tan or just avoiding those tanning beds (for my lighter-skinned friends, a few northeastern friends of mine love self-tanner!). Antsy to do more? Get your friends involved! Cash prizes will be awarded to the high schools and universities with the highest percentages of pledgers, so get on it!

To learn more about the Melanoma Foundation of New England, check out their social media

Join me and many more as we take the pledge for healthy skin!

Catch you next time.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with the Melanoma Foundation and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own.

1 comment

  1. As a redhead who has already had a basal cell carcinoma removed at 24 this is something that scares me. I go every 6 months to a dermatologist but I have to admit wearing daily sunscreen is still a challenge. I'm so pale and it's so grey in Seattle but I know I need to. Thanks for shining light on this!


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