Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

Skin Cancer: What to look for and how to fight it!

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Skin Cancer: Do you know what to look for and how to fight it?

I admit it. I was a sun worshipper in my youth. I would get as tan and golden brown as the Coppertone bottles. I would even speed up the process by rubbing baby oil on my skin and letting it act like a magnifying glass on my skin.

In the beginning, I would burn, but it would always fade and be replaced by a nice light golden hue. From there, I would bake myself to perfection, turning my body like a piece of meat on a spit to ensure I had a my deep, dark, golden color.

What made all of this worse was the fact that I had dark blonde hair and blue eyes. Being young, I believed I was invincible and would live forever.

Turns out, that’s not so.

About 2 1/2 weeks ago, I was up in the middle of the night with terrible nausea. I’m not sure what caused it, but while I was waiting for the next wave to hit, I noticed the back of my hand.

Despite the phrase “Know it like the back of my hand,” I don’t think most people really notice the back of their hands. This night, however, I noticed mine.

There was a raised, red, scaly and oddly shaped “sore” on the back of my hand. It was almost in the shape of a triangle and seemingly appeared overnight. Or, I had just been so busy with my life, I never took notice of it.

The next morning, I showed it to my husband who insisted I go and see a doctor immediately. I knew there had been a lot of research regarding cancer and Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) and more specifically, the Boswellia sacra form of Frankincense. I had both, so I begged off seeing the doctor in favor of treating myself.

You can read about Frankincense and Cancer Cells on this government website.

Here is just one of the many findings regarding Frankincense and Cancer Research found on that site:

Within a range of concentration, frankincense oil suppressed cell viability in bladder transitional carcinoma J82 cells but not in UROtsa cells. Comprehensive gene expression analysis confirmed that frankincense oil activates genes that are responsible for cell cycle arrest, cell growth suppression, and apoptosis in J82 cells. However, frankincense oil-induced cell death in J82 cells did not result in DNA fragmentation, a hallmark of apoptosis.

I gave myself 3 weeks to use both the Boswellia carterii Frankincense and the Boswellia sacra Frankincense before seeing a doctor.

I had already started using the Boswellia sacra Frankincense in the middle of the night. I applied another drop that morning, as well as a drop of Frankincense. I continued to apply these oils 4 times a day.

And here are my results:

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Was it cancer? I don’t know. I do know that with my history, it very well could have been.

Do you know what Skin Cancer signs to look for? Here are some guidelines from the American Cancer Society:

Possible signs and symptoms of melanoma

The most important warning sign for melanoma is a new spot on the skin or a spot that’s changing in size, shape, or color. Another important sign is a spot that looks different from all of the other spots on your skin. If you have any of these warning signs, have your skin checked by a doctor.

The ABCDE rule is another guide to the usual signs of melanoma. Be on the lookout and tell your doctor about spots that have any of the following features:

A – is for Asymmetry: One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other.
B – is for Border: The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred.
C – is for Color: The color is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black, or sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue.
D – is for Diameter: The spot is larger than 6 millimeters across (about ¼ inch – the size of a pencil eraser), although melanomas can sometimes be smaller than this.
E – is for Evolving: The mole is changing in size, shape, or color.

Some melanomas do not fit the rules described above, so it’s important to tell your doctor about any changes or new spots on the skin, or growths that look different from the rest of your moles.

Other warning signs are:

– A sore that does not heal
– Spread of pigment from the border of a spot to surrounding skin
– Redness or a new swelling beyond the border
– Change in sensation – itchiness, tenderness, or pain
– Change in the surface of a mole – scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or the appearance of a bump or nodule

I made an informed decision to treat myself for what I believed was skin cancer. You must make your own informed decisions about your health.

Enjoy the sun, but be safe and don’t abuse it!

Have a happy, healthy and blessed day!

* Please note that the information contained on this website is my personal opinion, and should not be used as a substitute for medical advice and treatment. If you have medical concerns, please consult with a physician or other qualified health professional. The information about the health topics is for informational purposes only.

I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I am a mom who looks for natural ways to support her family’s health through nutrition, exercise and alternative, holistic methods. Any statements made on my blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of anyone else.

Statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease.

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