Ali Encourages Using Suncreen
- Ali Manno (formerly Ali Fedotowsky), 37, former star of The Bachelorette, was diagnosed in 2020 with Basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.
- The reality TV star is urging people to use sunscreen and conduct self-checks of their skin to screen for cancer.
- Protecting yourself from skin cancer can be done by using SPF 30 sunscreen every day, avoiding sunlight during peak hours, and wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Manno was diagnosed in 2020 with Basal cell carcinoma; a type of skin cancer that is highly treatable, especially when caught early.Read More
Following Manno’s cancer diagnosis, the mom of two, admits she feels lucky. “I caught it early, when the cancer could be removed during an outpatient appointment. After that, I started using my platform to teach people about the importance of skin health.” She has even partnered with Banana Boat, launching a “#SunDaysAreFunDays” social media campaign earlier this year.
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“Now I’m meticulous about sun protection for me and my kids. On the rare occasion that I forget to apply sunscreen, my 6-year-old, Molly, will remind me before we leave the house. I love that she’s prioritizing skin protection from childhood,” Manno continued. She strives to keep her daughter Molly and four-year-old son, Riley, protected from Sun damage.
“As women, we’re often focused on how our skin looks. But at the end of the day, if you get skin cancer you might not have the pleasure of being able to age and get wrinkles. It’s a gift to get older. I want my skin to look great, and more importantly, be healthy. That starts with applying sunscreen,” Manno added.
Doing Skin Self-Checks
The ideal time to do a skin self-exam is after a shower, in front of a full-length mirror. (Use a hand-held mirror for hard-to-see areas, or ask a partner or family member to help you do your assessment in areas you can’t see.)
You should look for moles, blemishes, or birthmarks, from top to bottom. If you spot anything irregular, you should make an appointment with a dermatologist to rule out the possibility of skin cancer.
Protect Your Skin from Cancer
Dr. Engelman told us a few ways to protect yourself against skin cancer, saying, “One: Avoid the sun during peak hours, which is 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Two: Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, because we want to protect the tops of our head, and the tops of our ears, and then the delicate area around the eye. Three: We need to wear SPF of 30 or higher–a bare minimum of 30–and make sure to reapply every two hours, or after excessive sweating, or after swimming.”
Like Manno, Dr. Engelman affirmed the need for skin checks. She told us, “And then we need to make sure that we have yearly skin checks, because it’s difficult to evaluate areas all over the body.”
Contributing: SurvivorNet Staff