Here Comes the Sun... Run For Your Life
‘If you can’t tone it, tan it’ has been my mantra ever since I hit double digit sizes.
I came of age when Tanning Beds were in their prime – frosted pink lipstick and platinum bleached hair demanded it. YM and Cosmo taught me the tanning secrets of baby oil and iodine. Girls would climb on rooftops to get closer to the sun and minimizing tan-lines was everyone’s 2nd priority before Prom (crafting a plausible lie about chaperones and parental presence at after-parties was #1, duh.)
It really wasn’t until I was branded with the Mask during my first pregnancy that I gave serious thought to staying out of the sun.
The study apparently looked at 3800 women between 15 and 39 and found that 3842 melanomas were diagnosed in that group. WHAT THE ****?!?!?! The study also found that women in the top two socioeconomic categories are 80% more likely to be affected by this deadly skin cancer.
It doesn’t take a genius to deduce that higher income chicklets are less likely to have part-time jobs keeping them out of the sun and more likely to vacation in sunny locales. Perhaps there are more backyard pools or country club memberships.
What this study doesn’t explain is how 3842 melanomas were found in a group not even that big. THIS IS DISTURBING. I sure as heck wasn’t in the upper socioeconomic ranks in my childhood or teens so does this mean I’m safe? I don’t live in year-round sun either, so am I cleared to be down with brown?
As usual, the research study leaves something to be desired. It raises more questions than it answers and I am really unclear on the purpose. Who funded it? Who authorized it? Are there practical applications or is this pure science for the folly of the plastic surgeons in Cali who are undoubtedly experiencing a drought because everyone who would augment has already done so? (Ooooh, that was catty. Sorry.)Continued on the next page