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FDA Commissioner's Statement on the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer

Posted 29 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 – Each year, thousands of Americans are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to prevent skin cancer is important especially during these hot summer months when many of us spend extra time in the sun. Over the last few years, the FDA has taken a number of important steps designed to help consumers better understand the harmful effects of exposure from the sun and from indoor tanning. Today, consumers going to a beach or pool can rely on more accurate information on the labels of all sunscreen products on the market. In 2011, the FDA made changes that help consumers buy and use sunscreen. Consumers now see accurate labels that may include “Broad Spectrum” claims and water resistance claims (how long a sunscreen remains effective while swimming or sweating). Earlier this year, the agency changed its risk classification for ... Read more

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Indoor Tanning Leads to Early Skin Cancer, Study Says

Posted 23 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 – Teens and young adults who engage in indoor tanning risk developing skin cancer at an early age, a new study finds. Once thought safer than outdoor sunbathing, indoor tanning can produce 10 to 15 times as much ultraviolet (UV) radiation as the midday sun, the study authors noted. "Our findings suggest that children and young adults who seek indoor tanning may be especially vulnerable to developing basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, at a young age," said lead researcher Margaret Karagas, professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, N.H. The study looked at people aged 50 and younger who were diagnosed with basal cell skin cancer. While usually treatable, this type of skin cancer can be highly disfiguring if not caught early, and basal cell tumors have a high rate of recurrence. Until recently, basal ... Read more

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Mouse Study Supports Notion of 'Tanning Addiction'

Posted 19 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 – Despite the well-publicized risks of skin damage and cancer from too much sun, people continue to soak up ultraviolet radiation outdoors and in tanning salons. Now a new animal study adds to evidence that for some, tanning is truly an addiction. In experiments with mice, scientists found that exposing the animals to a daily dose of UV light boosted their blood levels of beta-endorphins within a week. Beta-endorphins are "feel-good" hormones that act on the same brain pathways as so-called opioid drugs like heroin and morphine. And in the mice, those UV-generated endorphins showed effects: The animals became less sensitive to touch and temperature, and when their endorphin rush was blocked, they showed classic symptoms of withdrawal – including shaking, trembling and teeth chattering. Experts said the findings, reported in the June 19 issue of the journal ... Read more

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FDA Orders New Warning Labels for Tanning Beds

Posted 29 May 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 29, 2014 – Just in time for summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday that tanning beds and tanning booths now must carry a visible warning explicitly stating that the devices should not be used on people under age 18. "There's mounting evidence showing that indoor tanning in childhood and early adult life further increases risk of melanoma later in life due to greater lifetime exposure," Nancy Stade, deputy director for policy at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a press conference announcing the order. However, the order does not outright ban teen use of tanning beds. "It reflects a very strong statement by the FDA that they should not be used by individuals under age 18," Stade said. The CDC estimates that about 13 percent of all high school students have used indoor tanning, Stade said. Teenage girls are most ... Read more

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Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

Posted 12 May 2014 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 11, 2014 – One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives, making it the most common type of cancer in the nation. However, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable types of cancer, according to Dr. Mark Lebwhol, professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City and president-elect of the American Academy of Dermatology. "Fortunately, most skin cancers, even melanoma, can be cured and treated when detected early," he said in a Mount Sinai news release. "Knowing your own skin is the key to discovering skin cancer early on. See a dermatologist for a skin check if you notice a spot, mole or lump on your body that is changing, growing or bleeding." Lebwohl also offered the following skin cancer prevention tips: Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more to all areas of exposed skin every day ... Read more

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After Skin Cancer, Removable Model Replaces Real Ear

Posted 14 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 11, 2014 – During his 10-year struggle with basal cell carcinoma, Henry Fiorentini emerged minus his right ear, and minus the hearing that goes with it. The good news: Today, the 56-year-old IT programmer and consultant from Chicago is now roughly five years cancer free. And he's also the proud owner of an incredibly lifelike silicone prosthetic replacement ear that imperceptibly attaches to his face by means of surgically implanted magnets. "Recently I visited a doctor I didn't know," Fiorentini said, "and I explained that I don't hear in one ear and that it's fake. And he said: 'Really? Which one?' " "And that's a doctor looking at me from six inches away," he chuckled. "So you know it's pretty damn good." Indeed, Fiorentini said his situation today is about "as normal as if the cancer had never happened." And for that he gives much credit to the "miraculous ... Read more

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Experts Warn About Skin Cancer 'Treatments' Sold Online

Posted 25 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 – The vast majority of patients with skin cancer or moles who self-medicate with alternative "treatments" they find online are courting danger, new research contends. The finding is based on an analysis of past cases in which patients sought out unsupervised do-it-yourself cures via the Internet. Patients who turned to certain salves often ended up with scarring or extensive tissue damage, researchers found. And for those with skin cancer, these unproven treatments led to worse results in terms of cancer recurrence or cure than routinely seen in standard medical practice, the study authors said. "Now there is evidence that some of the treatment products found online may be helpful if used purposefully, safely and in the right way," said study co-author Dr. Adam Friedman, director of dermatologic research at Montefiore-Einstein College of Medicine, in New York ... Read more

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Younger Skin Cancer Survivors May Be at Risk for Other Cancers

Posted 7 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 7, 2014 – People who've had nonmelanoma skin cancer are at increased risk for melanoma and other types of cancers, and this link is especially strong among young people, a large, new study contends. Researchers analyzed data from more than 500,000 people with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer who were followed for five to six years, and compared them to a group of nearly 8.7 million people without nonmelanoma skin cancer. Compared to those who'd never had the disease, the nonmelanoma skin cancer survivors were 1.36 times more likely to develop other types of cancer – and the younger the patient, the greater the risk. It was 23 times higher for those younger than 25, and 3.5 times higher for those aged 25 to 44, the study found. Meanwhile, for somewhat older people with nonmelanoma skin cancer, the risk of developing another cancer was 1.74 times higher for those aged ... Read more

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Younger Skin Cancer Survivors May Be at Risk for Other Cancers

Posted 7 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 7, 2014 – People who've had nonmelanoma skin cancer are at increased risk for melanoma and other types of cancers, and this link is especially strong among young people, a large, new study contends. Researchers analyzed data from more than 500,000 people with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer who were followed for five to six years, and compared them to a group of nearly 8.7 million people without nonmelanoma skin cancer. Compared to those who'd never had the disease, the nonmelanoma skin cancer survivors were 1.36 times more likely to develop other types of cancer – and the younger the patient, the greater the risk. It was 23 times higher for those younger than 25, and 3.5 times higher for those aged 25 to 44, the study found. Meanwhile, for somewhat older people with nonmelanoma skin cancer, the risk of developing another cancer was 1.74 times higher for those aged ... Read more

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Teens Who Indoor Tan Often Take Other Health Risks: Survey

Posted 26 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 – American teens who indulge in indoor tanning – long linked to skin cancer risk – are also more likely to adopt other bad habits, a new federal survey of high school students finds. "We saw that indoor tanning is associated with a number of other risky behaviors, such as illegal drug use, binge drinking and smoking," said study lead author Gery Guy Jr. "We also found that teens who tan indoors are likely to be very concerned about their appearance," Guy added. "That sometimes leads to positive behaviors, like engaging in sports and eating healthy foods. But it also leads to unhealthy behaviors, such as steroid use or extreme weight control." Guy is a health economist in the division of cancer prevention and control with the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ... Read more

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Instructional Video Improves Skin Cancer Diagnoses in Older Men: Study

Posted 19 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

WENESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 – Giving older men an instructional video about skin awareness and self-examination might lead to increased detection of skin cancer, according to a new study. Researchers divided more than 900 men, aged 50 and older, into two groups. In one group, men received a video and brochures about looking for possible skin cancers, while those in a control group received only brochures. Seven months later, about 62 percent of all the men in the study had undergone a skin examination by a health professional. The rates of examinations were the same for both groups. Men who received the video, however, were more likely to have had a whole-body clinical skin examination and were more likely to have been diagnosed with skin cancer, according to the study, which was published online Feb. 19 in the journal JAMA Dermatology. "We acknowledge that routine use of [clinical skin ... Read more

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1 in 3 Americans Has Used Tanning Beds, Upping Skin Cancer Risk

Posted 29 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 – More than a third of all Americans – and nearly six out of 10 U.S. university students – have used indoor tanning, despite widespread knowledge that the devices contribute to skin cancer risk, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, analyzed data from 88 surveys that included a total of more than 406,000 people in the United States, Europe and Australia. They found that nearly 36 percent of people in the three regions had used indoor tanning in their lifetime. This included 55 percent of university students and 19 percent of teens. In the United States, the rate of people who said they had used a tanning bed was 35 percent, according to the study. For college students, that number rose to 59 percent, and 17 percent of adolescents in the United States and Canada said they had already been to a tanning salon. The numbers ... Read more

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Docs Rarely Discuss Sunscreens With Patients, Study Finds

Posted 4 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4 – Even if you've suffered skin cancer in the past, it's unlikely your doctor will mention sunscreen during the average office visit, a new study finds. A team led by Dr. Kristie Akamine of Wake Forest School of Medicine looked over national data compiled at doctors' offices from 1989 through 2010. Overall, doctors mentioned sunscreen to their patients at about 12.8 million office visits – just 0.07 percent of all appointments recorded. That rate increased a bit, to 0.9 percent, when the office visit involved the diagnosis of a skin condition, according to the study, which was published Sept. 4 in the journal JAMA Dermatology. Sunscreen use was mentioned least frequently to children. "[That finding] is concerning because children and adolescents get the most sun exposure of any age group, as they tend to spend much of their time playing outdoors," Akamine's team ... Read more

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Many Teen Girls Using Tanning Beds: Report

Posted 19 Aug 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 19 – Despite the risk of skin cancer, including deadly melanoma, nearly 30 percent of white female high school students use tanning beds and nearly 17 percent use them often, a new report finds. Among white women aged 18 to 34, nearly 25 percent use tanning beds and 15 percent use them frequently, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The high rates of indoor tanning among this population is very concerning," said report coauthor Gery Guy Jr., of the division of cancer prevention at the CDC. Moreover, there have been no significant changes in the prevalence of indoor tanning in recent years, he said. "Indoor tanning has been associated with skin cancer, particularly melanoma," Guy said. "The risk is increased among younger users and those who use it frequently." Guy said young girls should be educated about the risks of ultraviolet ray ... Read more

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Look Beyond the Sun for Skin Cancer Culprits, Doctors Warn

Posted 23 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 21 – Think "skin cancer" and blame immediately goes to the sun. Justifiably so – though not totally, skin doctors say. "Hands down, sun exposure is the biggest risk factor for skin cancer," said Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim, an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. "And it's a cumulative risk. The more exposure you've gotten, the bigger the risk. The skin doesn't know if you're out one time for an hour or 12 times for 5 minutes at a time. Your skin keeps a running meter." That's important to know as summer officially begins, according to skin health experts at the American Academy of Dermatology. Each year, more than 3.5 million basal and squamous cell skin cancers, known as non-melanoma cancers, are diagnosed in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. These types of skin cancer aren't as deadly as ... Read more

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