About five years ago, I developed multiple Dysplastic Nevi — a spontaneous eruption of numerous "pre-melanoma" moles, brought on by decades of sun-worshipping, tanning beds and UV light treatments for psoriasis. My dermatologist and several other second opinions, told me that I was at the highest possible risk for developing melanoma — one of the deadliest forms of cancer.
I gladly underwent the process to remove many of the moles and in my follow-up appointment, assumed that I would hear the usual tips and advice from my dermatologist. I felt pretty confident that I was doing all I could to prevent future skin cancer.
But along with telling me to avoid sun during the harshest hours, wear sunscreen and cover up, he told me that the most important thing I could do is to avoid stress. Although it's become scientifically proven that stress can activate genes that cause disease, it wasn't something I had thought about deeply before. I always knew "stress is bad," but as I was worrying about meeting deadlines, having enough money, and doing it all — I never stopped to think about what all that stress was actually doing to my body. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Mind,Body,Green.
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