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SAVE YOUR SKIN (AND MAYBE YOUR LIFE)

Posted by 05.25.15

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime, and rates of melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer – have been rising steadily for the past three decades.

Basal Cell Carcinomas (most common form of skin cancer) and Squamous Cell Carcinomas (the second most common) are caused primarily by sun exposure, and tend to develop on sun-exposed areas, including the face, ears, neck, lips, scalp, and the backs of the hands.  Unfortunately, most skin cancers (estimated at around 80%) occur on the face.

“While daily and rigorous use of broad spectrum SPF30+, seeking shade during peak hours 12-2 pm, and wearing protective clothing are still the best ways to p

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PROTECTING SKIN OF COLOR

Posted by 05.30.12

From fairest pale to luscious brown, all skin types need to take care in the sun. Skin cancer can strike anyone, regardless of color, and can occur even with skin types rich in melanin. If you have lighter skin that burns easily, you have a higher risk of developing skin cancers, but contrary to popular belief, deep pigmentation does not make you immune.

With all skin tones, the key to prevention is protection, which means avoiding sun exposure during peak hours, wearing protective clothing and, of course, using broad spectrum sunscreens and sunblocks.

“Skin cancer prevention is the same for all skin types – sun protection, sun protection, sun protection,” said Washington, D.C. D

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CALIFORNIA BANS TANNING BEDS FOR TEENS

Posted by 10.20.11

California is the first state in the country to prohibit the use of tanning beds for all children and adolescents under the age of 18. The ban became official on October 9 when Gov. Edmund G. Brown signed a bill into law that will prohibit the use of indoor tanning devices for all Californians under the age of 18. According to New York Dermatologist Judith Hellman bigappleskin.com, “This is a welcome ruling from California that we all hope will catch on across the country, and long overdue. There is no way to predict how many lives a ban on tanning beds can actually save but the numbers can be substantial.”

Evidence from several studies has shown that exposure to UV radiation from indoor

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SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH: FOCUS ON ACTINIC KERATOSIS, A PRECANCEROUS LESION

Posted by 05.26.11

When I think of skin cancer, I immediately think melanoma, the most serious and deadliest form of skin cancer, which forms in the cells that produce melanin.  But, little did I know that precancerous lesions, such as Actinic Keratosis (AK), the most common precancer, affect more than 58 million Americans.

Actinic Keratosis—also known as solar keratosis—is a precancerous skin condition brought on by sun exposure and often appears on the face, forearms, chest and back, but can also surface anywhere on the body.  The lesions tend to be raised and are usually scaly or crusty, and more common in those with fair complexions—blond or red hair and green or blue eyes—and those who ha

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