When Hillary Fogelson was 25, she was diagnosed with melanoma, the most deadly kind of skin cancer. She was diagnosed with it two more times (seriously) but not only did she defeat it, she’s written a book about it, “Pale Girl Speaks” and became an activist for skin cancer prevention. She def. won’t be rocking a Snooki tan anytime soon and neither should you!
“I’ve been called the sunscreen guru, the shady lady, the swimming ninja,” wrote Hillary about her journey. “These titles I wear willingly and proudly because I have earned them…the hard way.” This morning Hillary was on the “Today Show” and talked about ways we can take care of our skin. Her tips?
+Get Naked With Your Doc
You need to get yearly skin checkups with your dermatologist and ask them to check your entire bod and not just sun prone areas. “You need to get naked. You need to take all of your clothes off, because they need to see your butt, they need to see your back, they need to see your scalp and your feet,” she explained.
+Invest In Sunscreen You Love
Hilary talked to “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie about how people slather on sunscreen and get turned off by the heavy consistency or chalkiness of it all! No one wants to walk around with white stuff on their face but there are great sunscreens out there that go on your skin flawlessly. Like jeans, invest the time and money on quality sunscreen.
+Keep A Simple Routine
“If it’s not simple we’re not going to do it everyday and we’re going to burn out,” said Hillary. She keeps a sunscreen stick in her purse and a hat in her car. Bottom line: skin cancer prevention shouldn’t be as complicated as Ronnie and Sammi.
Hillary has set up a site called Pale Girl Speaks (obvi) that gives info on how to protect your skin and even ways to take action. If reading that melanoma is the most deadly kind of skin cancer scared you, keep in mind that melanoma is almost 99% treatable if you catch it soon enough. So love the skin you’re in but don’t forget to protect it too! Stand proud like our girl Hillary.
Pale Girl Speaks
Learn more about melanoma and taking care of your skin with Hillary's Pale Girl Speaks website.
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