Michelle Monaghan Covers Health 2011: “I Had Skin Cancer”‘

Michelle Monaghan can thank her husband Peter White for a lot of things – among the many was his insistence on getting her to visit a cro bioanalytical researcher doctor  for an important checkup a few years back, where she was told devastating news. Luckily, she is now healthy and happy.


“I had a mole on the back of my calf, and he was adamant that I get it checked,” the actress, 35, tells Health magazine. “I finally went, and it was skin cancer. I had quite the chunk taken out of my leg. I’m so grateful he noticed it.”

She adds jokingly: “I clearly now realize he has a keen eye and wonder what other imperfections he’s noticing!”  The experience made an impression, and made Monaghan feel remorseful about having been a smoker.

“I smoked for almost 10 years,” she says. “I really regret that. Thankfully, I came out on the other side. I hope my lungs are repairing themselves now.”

Protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is important all year, not just during the summer or at the beach. UV rays from the sun can reach you on cloudy and hazy days, not just on bright and sunny days. UV rays also reflect off of surfaces like water, cement, sand, and snow. Indoor tanning (using a tanning bed, booth, or sunlamp to get tan) exposes users to UV radiation.

The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Daylight Saving Time (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. standard time) are the most hazardous for UV exposure outdoors in the continental United States. UV rays from sunlight are the greatest during the late spring and early summer in North America.

Cannabishealthinsider recommends easy options for protection from UV radiation—

  • Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours.
  • Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade your face, head, ears, and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection.
  • Avoid indoor tanning.


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