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Indoor Tanning Rates Decline As Cancer Warnings Mount

Posted 11 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – Heeding warnings about increased cancer risks, a growing number of American adults are saying no to indoor tanning, a new government analysis suggests. The percentage of adults who frequented indoor tanning salons dropped from 5.5 percent in 2010 to slightly over 4 percent in 2013, according to results of the National Health Interview Survey, a poll of more than 59,000 adults. "Roughly 2 million fewer adults are engaging in indoor tanning, which is definitely encouraging, given the associated health risks," noted study author Gery Guy Jr., a health economist with the division of cancer prevention and control at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The bad news is that even with this reduction, there's still about 10 million adults who continue to indoor tan, which clearly indicates that more efforts are needed to get the message across that ... Read more

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Graphic Warnings May Work Best to Keep Women From Tanning Beds

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Disturbing images of skin cancer are more likely to make young women reconsider indoor tanning than the text-only warnings currently required by U.S. regulators, a new study suggests. According to a team at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., nearly 30 percent of young, white women in the United States use indoor tanning each year, and half of them use indoor tanning 10 times or more a year. "In terms of a public health issue, indoor tanning is a perfect storm – young people, primarily women, indoor tan, which raises their risk of potentially deadly skin cancer. Yet, there are few prevention efforts targeting young adult women," lead researcher Darren Mays, an assistant professor of oncology at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, said in a center news release. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires indoor ... Read more

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Online Searches for 'Skin Cancer' Go Up in Summer

Posted 10 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 – When summer hits the United States and sunseekers mobilize, online searches for "skin cancer" rise, a new study shows. However, it's not clear if the higher search rates mean more cancers are being detected early, said researchers reporting online June 10 in JAMA Dermatology. Researchers led by Dr. Kyle Amber, of MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Ill., tracked Google searches for the terms "skin cancer" and "melanoma" in the United States between 2010 and 2014. They found a spike in these types of Web searches during the summer, and that summertime bump remained relatively stable over the entire study period, the team said. Nevada had the highest number of searches for skin cancer, while Pennsylvania had the highest number of searches for melanoma, Amber's group said. The finding might be of use in the war against UV ray exposure and related skin cancers, the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Protect Against Skin Cancer

Posted 9 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- A routine regimen of protection can help prevent you from getting skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: Cover all exposed skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 every day, even when cold or cloudy. Make sure you use enough sunscreen. Be sure to cover the tops of your ears and feet, the back of your neck and, if balding, the top of your head. Stay in the shade between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun is strongest. Wear sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Be particularly careful around water and snow, since reflection can make the sun's rays more intense. Read more

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Most Americans Still Not Using Sunscreen

Posted 19 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – Most Americans still don't regularly use sunscreen to help prevent exposure to the sun's cancer-causing rays, a new study reveals. When used as recommended, sunscreen has been shown to reduce risk for all types of skin cancer and prevent or delay signs of aging, the researchers explained. But their 2013 survey found only 14 percent of men and 30 percent of women regularly use sunscreen both on their face and other exposed skin. The study also showed that more than 40 percent of men and 27 percent of women never use sunscreen on their face or other areas of exposed skin when outdoors for an hour or more. Women are probably ahead of the game since many face creams contain sun protection factor (SPF), said Dawn Holman, a behavioral scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and lead author of the study. But even if they are more knowledgeable ... Read more

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Too Many Americans Neglect Backs in Skin Cancer Prevention

Posted 4 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 – A new survey finds that many people in the United States are forgetting their backs when they try to be forward-thinking about skin cancer prevention. Experts at the American Academy of Dermatology, which sponsored the survey, note that the back is a common site for melanoma, a potentially deadly skin cancer. However, of the more than 1,000 Americans polled, over a third said they rarely or never apply sunscreen to their backs when they're in the sun. Almost half (43 percent) also said that they never or rarely ask anyone to assist applying sunscreen to their backs. Men weren't as willing as women to apply sunscreen to their backs or ask someone else for help, and they were twice as likely to be uncomfortable about the whole idea. Overall, 40 percent of men and 33 percent of women surveyed said they rarely or never apply sunscreen to their backs. One expert said ... Read more

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Skin Cancer Rates Rise for Hispanic, Asian Women

Posted 20 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 – While most white people who develop skin cancer are older men, the reverse is true in Asian and Hispanic populations, a new study suggests. Researchers contend that shifting preferences for tanning among Asians and Hispanics in the United States – along with the belief that their darker skin protects them from the sun's harmful rays – may be contributing to rising skin cancer rates in both groups. "I think the main point we were trying to bring home is that ethnic skin is not really thought of as at risk for skin cancer, but all ethnicities need to be mindful and diligent about getting their skin checked and protecting themselves from the sun," said study author Dr. Arisa Ortiz, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The study is to be presented Friday at the American Academy of Dermatology's annual ... Read more

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Sun's Damage Lingers Long After Dark

Posted 19 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 – Skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation continues long after you get out of the sun, even in the dark, a new study says. Researchers explain that UV light from the sun or tanning beds can damage DNA in melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells in the skin that make the substance called melanin. Melanin gives skin its color. Damage to melanocytes is a major cause of skin cancer, according to the researchers. It was thought that melanin protected the skin by blocking UV light, but this study found that melanin has both protective and harmful effects. Researchers exposed mouse and human melanocytes to UV radiation. In melanocytes with melanin, DNA damage occurred not only immediately, but also hours after UV exposure ended. In melanocytes that didn't have melanin, the damage occurred only during UV exposure. "If you look inside adult skin, melanin does protect ... Read more

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Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Certain Skin Cancers, Study Finds

Posted 18 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 – Common painkillers, including ibuprofen, might slightly reduce your risk of developing a form of skin cancer, researchers say. Use of ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) appear to reduce the risk of squamous cell skin cancer by 15 percent, the researchers concluded after reviewing nine prior studies. Squamous cell skin cancer is usually caused by sun exposure. These painkillers "have potential as part of a skin cancer-prevention strategy," said review co-author Catherine Olsen, a senior research officer with QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. But Olsen and other experts aren't ready to recommend popping these or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to prevent skin cancer. For one thing, these drugs are associated with risks of their own. "Don't rely on aspirin or other nonsteroidal ... Read more

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Flying Time Could Raise Skin Cancer Risks for Pilots

Posted 18 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 – Airline pilots get as much exposure to cancer-causing UV rays in an hourlong flight as they would during 20 minutes in a tanning bed, new research finds. The study, led by Dr. Martina Sanlorenzo, from the University of California, San Francisco, found that airplane windshields do not completely block harmful ultraviolet-A (UV-A) rays from the sun. This type of radiation can boost the risk of deadly melanomas, the researchers noted. Based on the findings, "we strongly recommend the use of sunscreens and periodical skin checks for pilots and cabin crew," the authors wrote in the Dec. 17 online issue of JAMA Dermatology. In the study, Sanlorenzo's team measured the amount of UV-A radiation in the pilot seat at ground level and at various altitudes during flight. The exposure was measured in San Jose, Calif., and in Las Vegas at about midday in April. Pilots ... Read more

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Indoor Tanning Tied to Burns, Fainting, Eye Injuries: Study

Posted 15 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 – Studies have shown that tanning beds are tied to a higher long-term risk for skin cancer, but new research finds that about 3,200 Americans wind up in ERs every year with serious burns or from passing out after an indoor tanning session. People suffer first- and second-degree burns from tanning too long, said lead researcher Gery Guy Jr., from the division of cancer prevention and control at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Others develop eye injuries, including redness and burning, from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, he noted. "In terms of passing out, people reported falling down after stepping out of a tanning bed," Guy said. Although the reason isn't clear, fainting could be caused by heat exhaustion, he said. The good news is that these injuries decreased between 2003 and 2012. The bad news is rules governing indoor tanning are ... Read more

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Skin Cancer Costs Soar Compared to Other Malignancies: CDC

Posted 10 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 – The cost of skin cancer treatment in the United States more than doubled between 2002 and 2011, and rose five times faster than treatments for other cancers, a new study found. "The findings raise the alarm that not only is skin cancer a growing problem in the United States, but the costs for treating it are skyrocketing relative to other cancers," said study lead author Gery Guy, of the division of cancer prevention and control at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This also underscores the importance of skin cancer prevention efforts," he added in an agency news release. The analysis of national data showed that the average annual number of adults treated for skin cancer increased from 3.4 million in the years 2002-06 to 4.9 million during the years 2007-11. At the same time, the average yearly cost of skin cancer treatment climbed from ... Read more

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Allergy to Some Metal Implants Linked to Rare Skin Cancer, Study Says

Posted 15 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 – A rare type of skin cancer has been linked to allergic reactions to metal implants, researchers said. Some patients who have metal devices implanted near the skin may develop chronic skin rashes caused by contact allergies to metals such as nickel, cobalt and chromium. These rashes may lead to an unusual and aggressive form of skin cancer, the researchers said. The study's authors described the case of a woman who had a metal rod implanted to repair a broken ankle, and later developed a skin rash near the site of the implant. Doctors determined that the patient was allergic to nickel in the implant and removed the metal rod. However, the woman's skin rash persisted. A few years later, a rare form of skin cancer called Marjolin's ulcer developed at the woman's rash site. Doctors removed the cancer. In experiments with mice, the researchers showed that chronic ... Read more

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As Culture Changed, So Did Melanoma Risk, Study Finds

Posted 7 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 – Changing fashions, cultural attitudes and health beliefs have contributed to the rise of deadly melanoma skin cancer, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed various social and economic trends in the United States from the early 1900s to modern times, including clothing styles, social norms and medical practices. They reported their findings in the Oct. 6 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Early in the 20th century, people's clothes almost completely covered their body from head to toe. And, white skin was favored over tanned skin, because tanned skin was associated with lower-class people who worked outdoors, the study said. But attitudes about tanned skin changed and eventually it became a sign of good health and a leisurely upper-class quality of life, Dr. David Polsky, professor of dermatologic oncology at NYU Langone Medical Center, said ... Read more

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Some U.S. Troops May Face Greater Skin Cancer Risk

Posted 19 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 – U.S. military troops deployed to sunny climates may have an increased risk of skin cancer, according to a new study. Many returning troops reported getting sunburned while serving abroad, researchers revealed. In some cases, military personnel developed blisters on their skin or noticed a change in the color, shape or size of their moles since being deployed overseas. All of these things can be risk factors for skin cancer, the study authors noted. "The past decade of United States combat missions, including operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, have occurred at a more equatorial latitude than the mean center of the U.S. population, increasing the potential for ultraviolet irradiance and the development of skin cancer," explained the study's lead researcher, Dr. Jennifer Powers. She is an assistant professor in the division of dermatology at Vanderbilt University ... Read more

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