Being outdoors, and being safe in the sun’s rays, are not mutually exclusive. With a little precautionary assistance, for example: suntan lotion on exposed skin surfaces, we can all enjoy the warmth of summer sun.

Continuing previous week’s blog entry, here are some additional “myths” that need to be recognized:

— Myth #4: As long as I don’t have any spots on my body that are dark and have changed, I have nothing to worry about.

Fact: Actually, a very small, benign-appearing and lightly colored spot may be a warning sign for melanoma – and, they can appear anywhere. The acronym for a suspicious mole is ABCDE, which stands for asymmetry, border, color, diameter and evolving, but many are far from obvious. It is strongly suggested that people see a dermatologist for annual checkups, and make an appointment right away for any spot that doesn’t have an explanation.

— Myth #5: Teens don’t have to worry about sun exposure.

Fact: Actually, teens are at higher risk than middle aged adults for getting those sequential sunburns that are risk factors for skin cancer.

Those who take the right precautions and see a doctor regularly can prevent skin cancer or, at the worst, catch it at its earliest. Melanoma is deadly; it’s not something that should be trifled with.

– John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. He can be reached at: (781) 378-2164; email: ; or online at: