Limerick - The Man Who Needed No Prayer
Make no beans about it. Sunshine is serious stuff!
There once was a man so mean,
who could live on water and bean.
He needed "no prayer"
Yet his skin was so fair,
He died for his lack of sunscreen.
Collecting the rays can shorten your days!
The sun is north of the equator.
We all serve as its spectator.
For your day in the sun,
is not solely some fun.
The sun is a mean alligator.
Getting a few rays? Keep it a few, or use the sunscreen regularly.
Food for thought....
I spent three hours yesterday with a friend who was having a cancerous tumor removed from the side of his nose, almost certainly related to sun exposure. The removal area was the diameter of a tennis ball. After a small skin graft and 13+ stitches to pull other facial tissue over to close the area, that area is apparently cancer free, but the question of "what next?" still remains.
In the relatively brief time we were at that surgeon's office, some seven or eight other patients were in to have skin cancer surgeries. We are at altitude here in the Rockies, where the atmosphere is thinner and the sun's rays more intense, so that the same regular checkups and use of sunscreen are even more essential to cancer prevention.
Please do yourself and your loved ones a favor, check for a clinic or hospital near you for free cancer screenings, and adopt the attitude that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
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