Fans of Reality Beauty Shows Twice as Likely to Tan: Study

January 10, 2013

People who tune in to reality beauty shows on television are much more likely to use tanning lamps and to tan outdoors than those who don’t watch such shows, a new study finds. Indoor and outdoor tanning increase the risk of skin cancer, experts note.

New Video Demonstrates Skin Cancer Self-Exam

November 6, 2012

A new video that instructs people how to do a self-examination for skin cancer has been released by the American Academy of Dermatology. “Checking your skin for skin cancer only requires your eyes and a mirror. Involving a partner adds another set of eyes, which is especially helpful when checking the back and other hard-to-see areas,” Dr. Thomas Rohrer, a dermatologist in private practice in Chestnut Hill, Mass., said in news release from the academy. “Examining your skin only takes a few minutes, but it could save your life.”

Common Skin Cancer a Chronic Condition, Study Says

August 2, 2012

By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 2 (HealthDay News) — Here’s yet another reason to go easy on the tanning this summer: A new study affirms that basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, should be viewed as a chronic disease.
That’s because once most people have a single occurrence, they are at […]

Coffee May Cut Your Risk for Common Form of Skin Cancer

July 2, 2012

By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) — Yet another report points to the possible health benefits of caffeine, whether it comes in coffee, tea, cola or even chocolate.
A study published July 1 in the journal Cancer Research suggests that drinking caffeinated coffee could lower the chances of developing basal cell carcinoma, the […]

Parental Abuse, Neglect Linked to Increased Skin Cancer Risk

June 5, 2012

By Denise MannHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) — New research suggests that early childhood abuse and neglect may raise the risk for recurring skin cancer later in life.
According to the findings, early childhood neglect and maltreatment by parents may actually trigger a lowered immune response that lasts a lifetime. This may make a person […]

Two-Drug Combo May Be Safe for Melanoma Treatment

May 16, 2012

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, May 16 (HealthDay News) — A preliminary, first-stage study funded by a pharmaceutical company shows promising results for an experimental double-drug therapy for melanoma.
The two drugs, known as dabrafenib and trametinib, appeared to delay progression of the potentially deadly skin cancer with fewer side effects than an existing drug called […]

Many Young Adults at Risk of Skin Cancer: CDC

May 10, 2012

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) — Despite warnings about the dangers of excess sun exposure, young adults in the United States still get sunburned or use indoor tanning beds, federal health officials said Thursday.
Both activities increase the risk for skin cancer — the most common cancer among Americans — including potentially fatal […]

Aim Skin Cancer Warnings at the Young, Too, Experts Say

May 7, 2012

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 7 (HealthDay News) — Doctors should take the time to counsel children, teens and young adults on the dangers of sun exposure and tanning beds, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
But rather than focus on skin cancer, discussions with young patients should center […]

Doctors Urge Routine Skin Screenings

May 6, 2012

SUNDAY, May 6 (HealthDay News) — Adults and children should be screened routinely for changes in the appearance of their skin, experts advise.
Mount Sinai Medical Center researchers point out that regular visits to the dermatologist are just as important as trips to the dentist because they can provide clues as to what’s going on outside […]

Surgery Rates Rising for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer: Study

April 16, 2012

MONDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) — Surgery for non-melanoma skin cancer in the United States increased substantially from 2001 to 2006, mainly due to the increased use of a specific surgical procedure, a new study suggests.
Non-melanoma skin cancer forms in the outer layer of the skin or in skin squamous cells, but not in the […]

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