Posts tagged health
A couple of weeks ago, I thought one of my moles looked different, and extensive googling revealed NO photos of “this is a normal mole; this is a bad one” for non-white people. I couldn’t find ANY moles that looked like mine for comparison. That reminds me, need to go to my doc and have it looked at.
Yeah, this happened to me one year. I had a weird, pearly-looking bump on my thigh that wouldn’t go away. I searched ENDLESSLY on the internet for pics of people with brown skin and found NOTHING. Ended up going to the doctor who was basically like, “Uhhh, I have no idea.” I’m pretty sure most doctors don’t even know what to look for in non-white people.
It was only a few years ago that I came across a doctor (lil bro’s) who warned us that we needed to check our nails for discoloration as that’s where dark-skinned people usually develop melanoma.
Which is something I was thinking about the other day, how do you protect your nails from UV radiation??? The only thing I found basically was like, “nail polish might help, idk?” Oh, and it also said to leave your cuticles be as they provide protection and blah blah…
But what I wanna know is, if WHITE PEOPLE started dying of skin cancer in their nails, how quick do you think there’d be an array of SPF nail polishes in every drug store, advertised in every magazine?
this is interesting information and something I think about a lot. the hole in the ozone layer is quite near the southern states of australia so it’s really not just pale-skinned folks who have to worry about UV damage — not that it ever is, but, you know, particularly so here. the glare here is really really intense, we always get travellers being like “LOL it’s not even that hot/sunny, ow ow my peeling skin”. but all the sun-safe advisory stuff is targeted at white people, it’s all smiling freckled redhead kids in legionnaire’s hats at the beach, and every time nicole kidman or cate blanchett have a movie out the cancer council comes out with some statement about how they are great role models for being so pale…