Real patients discuss how skin cancer has affected their lives and outdoor activities.
I have had a few lifestyle changes since my diagnosis. I do wear a hat more often. I use sunscreen every time I go outside for more than five or 10 minutes. And I try to avoid the peak hours of the sun. But other than that I enjoy my outdoors. I’m not going to give up my outdoors. I just take more precautions.
This experience has made me more likely to use sunscreen because I know how painful it can be to not use it. And I’m at higher risk now for everything.
I use it everyday. I never go out of the house. [Sunscreen] is my foundation under my foundation makeup. I go everywhere with sunscreen. I keep a little carabineer on my purse with a little tiny bottle of sunscreen.
I catch myself now putting a hat on. [I’m] much more aware of putting on [sunscreen], reminding myself to put the sunscreen on. But I’ll be reminded by my wife and my kids to put the sunscreen on. Modeling that behavior for … I work with the Boy Scouts, so [when] they see me putting the sunscreen on they go, “Okay, it’s time to put the sunscreen on.”
And I make sure that if I’m out in the sun for any length of time that I have sunscreen with me because I never want to go through that again.