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Kids' Sun Safety Means 'Slip, Slap, Slop'

Posted 2 days 9 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 – Children spend a lot of time outside in the summer, so parents need to stay on top of their sun protection, a skin cancer expert advises. Much of a person's risk for melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – comes from their sun exposure as a child. "Healthy sun-protection habits come in three forms – sometimes referred to as slip, slap, slop," said Dr. Vernon Sondak. He is head of the skin cancer department at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. "Slip on protective clothing, like long-sleeve shirts and long pants with an adequate UV (ultraviolet radiation) protection factor," Sondak said in a center news release. UV protection factor (UPF) is the clothing equivalent of sun protection factor (SPF) for sunscreen. Next, slap on a hat – not just a baseball cap – to protect your face, head, ears and neck. And don't forget to protect your eyes with ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunscreen, Prevention of Sunburn, Coppertone, Deeptan

Health Tip: Treat Skin Well

Posted 14 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Achieving and maintaining healthy, glowing skin involve more than just keeping it clean. Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Dermatology: Apply sunscreen every day before you head outdoors. Look for one that's water resistant with an SPF of at least 30. Avoid smoking, which can age your skin and slow wound healing. Find ways to manage stress. Perform regular self-exams to look for signs of skin cancer. Wash your face when you wake, before bed and any time you sweat. Choose products designed for your skin type, such as sensitive, oily or dry. Never scrub your skin, which can be irritating. Read more

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More Teens Turning Their Backs on Tanning Beds: CDC

Posted 5 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – The number of U.S. teens who use indoor tanning has dropped by half in recent years, a new government study reveals. Only about 7 percent of high school students said they used indoor tanning in 2015, down from almost 16 percent of students in 2009, according to results from a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. But that still leaves more than 1 million teens putting themselves at increased risk of skin cancer, including the most severe form, melanoma, by going to a tanning salon, said study lead author Gery Guy Jr. Worse, their use of indoor tanning appears to give them a false sense of security when they step outdoors into real sunlight, said Guy, a health economist with the CDC's division of cancer prevention and control. "We also found that among the 1.2 million high school students who are continuing to indoor tan, 82 percent of them ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Sunscreen, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Prevention of Sunburn, History - Skin Cancer, Deeptan, Coppertone

Daffodils, Margaritas and Other Surprise Skin Dangers

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – You probably know to steer clear of poison ivy. But did you know that sipping a Margarita or eating an orange in the sunshine can cause a similar skin rash? That's just one hazard the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) wants you to guard against as winter turns to spring and you spend more time outside. In addition, common flowers and plants, such as chrysanthemums, Peruvian lilies, tulips and daffodil bulbs, contain chemicals that can trigger allergic skin reactions, according to an AAD news release "Your skin can be affected by a wide variety of things you might find in your backyard, or even inside your home. While there are simple precautions that you can take, you have to be aware of what you might run into so you can protect yourself," said Dr. Amy Chen. She is an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. ... Read more

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Some Melanoma Survivors Still Seek Out the Sun

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – Even after surviving the potentially deadly skin cancer melanoma, some people continue to go out in the summer sun without protection. That's the stunning finding of a study of more than 700 melanoma survivors that revealed that 20 percent of them had suffered a sunburn in the past year. And only 62 percent said they "often" or "always" wore sunscreen when they were outside on a summer day. But many melanoma survivors are more vigilant about sun protection than other people their age, the study also found. "They're doing OK, but there's room for improvement," said study lead researcher Rachel Vogel. She's an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota's department of obstetrics, gynecology and women's health. Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society (ACS), agreed. "Survivors are doing better than other people, but ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Sunscreen, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Prevention of Sunburn, History - Skin Cancer, Deeptan, Coppertone

Many College Women Ignore Indoor Tanning's Risks

Posted 13 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 – Despite the known dangers, many white female college students continue to tan indoors, a new study finds. Indoor tanning can lead to premature skin aging and skin cancers, including potentially deadly melanoma. It's particularly risky for younger people and frequent users, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For this study, researchers at Indiana University surveyed 629 white female undergraduate and graduate students. Just about all of the young women knew that tanning can cause premature skin aging and skin cancer. Moreover, almost 80 percent did not believe that indoor tanning is safe or any safer than outdoor tanning. Still, about seven out of 10 said they like to get a tan even though they know tanning may harm their skin. Nearly 84 percent said tanning makes them feel more attractive. Those more likely to use tanning booths or ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Sunscreen, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Prevention of Sunburn, History - Skin Cancer, Deeptan, Coppertone

Health Tip: Protect Kids During Summer

Posted 1 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- The longer days of summer make it a great time for your children. But parents should take steps to help keep them safe. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Protect your kids when they're near water. Make sure kids know how to swim, and adults know CPR. Protect children from heat-related illness. Don't let children overheat, encourage drinking lots of water and protect against sunburn. Use insect repellent on children any time they play outdoors. Make sure playground equipment is safe before kids use it. Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Sunscreen, Insect Bites, Prevention of Sunburn, Prevention of Fractures, Coppertone, Deeptan

Health Tip: If You Have a Lot of Moles

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Having lots of moles may mean you're worried about skin cancer. Checking your skin often for changes and certain warning signs can help alleviate those fears. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends: Regularly inspect your skin, evaluating all of your moles. Look for any changes or unusual looking moles. See your dermatologist if any of your moles bleed, itch or change. Don't lie in the sun or use a tanning bed. Use sunscreen whenever outdoors to help prevent sunburn. See a dermatologist if you have 100 or more moles, or a significant portion of your body is covered with darker patches. Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Sunscreen, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Photoaging of the Skin, Dermatoheliosis, History - Skin Cancer, Prevention of Sunburn, Coppertone, Minor Skin Conditions, Deeptan

'Heat Dome' Contines to Scorch Much of U.S.

Posted 25 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 – The massive "heat dome" that sent temperatures in the United States soaring over the weekend continued to suffocate the central and eastern parts of the country on Monday, as experts offered tips on how to stay cool in the sweltering weather. With a heat dome, a massive ridge of high pressure essentially traps hot air underneath it, and miserably hot weather is the inevitable result, according to The Weather Channel. Over the past two days, roughly 110 million Americans saw heat indexes rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, Fox News reported Sunday. Washington was the only state in the lower 48 that did not see temperatures in at least the 90s, and the network said that the oppressive dome will not release its grip on the country until mid-week or later. Meanwhile, experts say the risk of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even death, remains. "Although preventable, ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Dehydration, Sunscreen, Heat Stress, Prevention of Sunburn, Deeptan, Coppertone

'Heat Dome' Heats Up United States

Posted 22 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – As a massive "heat dome" stretches across the United States this week, sending temperatures and humidity levels soaring, experts offer advice on how to keep cool as the mercury rises to possibly record levels. The Midwest bore the brunt of the dome's oppressive influence Thursday, but the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will be under its scorching effect by the weekend. With a heat dome, a massive ridge of high pressure essentially traps hot air underneath it, and miserably hot weather is the inevitable result, according to The Weather Channel. The risk of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even death, is high when such blistering temperatures arrive, experts noted. Twelve states, from Louisiana to the Great Lakes region, had already issued heat alerts by Thursday, and possibly more than 21 states will be under the dome at its peak, according to NBC News. With the ... Read more

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4 in 10 Popular Sunscreens Don't Meet Sun Safety Standards: Study

Posted 6 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 6, 2016 – Nearly half of the most popular sunscreen products sold in the United States fail to meet basic sun safety guidelines, new research shows. The finding stems from a look at the sun protection labels of 65 products that accounted for the top 1 percent of all sunscreens sold by Amazon.com. Forty percent of those sunscreens lacked the minimal resistance to water and sweat that the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends. Also, the cost of top sunscreens was found to vary wildly, with some products priced 3,000 percent more than others, despite offering no greater sun protection, the researchers said. "The results were surprising in some ways," said study author Dr. Steve Xu, a resident in the department of dermatology at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, in Chicago. "But, there are some important caveats," he added. "The definition of a ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Sunscreen, Heat Stress, Prevention of Sunburn, Coppertone, Deeptan

Baby Your Baby With Sunscreen

Posted 16 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 – Be sure your summer plans include a big dose of sun protection for your baby's thinner and more delicate skin, a pediatrician recommends. The best way to protect babies is to avoid direct sun exposure, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., said Dr. Jay Joo, a pediatrician at UCLA Health. If that's not possible, then make sure the baby has a wide-brimmed hat and long pants and long-sleeved shirts made of lightweight materials. Sunglasses are a good idea, too, if the baby will wear them, Joo added in a news release from the University of California, Los Angeles. A small amount of sunscreen can be applied to the hands and other exposed areas of skin on babies up to 6 months of age. Apply a tiny bit first to make sure the sunscreen doesn't irritate their skin, he suggested. Liberal amounts of sunscreen can be used on babies over 6 months of age and older ... Read more

Related support groups: Delivery, Sunburn, Sunscreen, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation, Prevention of Sunburn, Deeptan, Coppertone

Don't Get Caught Without Your Sunscreen

Posted 13 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, June 12, 2016 – Heading out on a warm, sunny day? Don't forget to cover up – with sunscreen. "Everybody – and I mean everybody – needs sunscreen," Dr. Jennifer Caudle a family medicine physician at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stanford, N.J., said in a university news release. "Your ethnicity doesn't matter; how easily you tan doesn't matter. If you go out in the sun without sunscreen you are putting yourself at risk for melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of cancer," she warned. Sunscreens carry sun protection factor (SPF) numbers, which indicate how much protection they offer against the sun's ultraviolet radiation. The higher the SPF, the greater the protection. A broad spectrum sunscreen protects against both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B, both of which can damage the skin and contribute to skin cancer, Caudle explained. "And a lot of factors can ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Sunscreen, Prevention of Sunburn, Deeptan, Coppertone

Health Tip: Women, Don't Neglect Your Health

Posted 30 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Being a wife and mother are important, but women need to take care of themselves, too. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: See your doctor for regular screenings and checkups. Get plenty of exercise, including aerobic and strengthening exercises. Eat a nutritious, balanced diet that's rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Get enough folic acid, and limit alcohol use. Stay mentally healthy by finding ways to cope with stress, and getting plenty of sleep each night. Don't smoke, use caution with prescription drugs, and protect your skin daily with sunscreen. Read more

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Sun Protection Comes in Many Forms

Posted 29 May 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 29, 2016 – As folks start baring more skin at the beach, pool or barbecue this Memorial Day weekend, that means it's time to start covering up with sunscreen. Exposure to UVA and UVB rays is always harmful, an expert from Penn State Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center pointed out. The damage from these UV rays may be obvious right away in the form of a tan or sunburn, but they can lead a range of problems, from wrinkles to skin cancer, cautioned Dr. Colette Pameijer, a surgical oncologist and associate director of translational research. "My general sense is that people are much more savvy about sun exposure," Pameijer said in a center news release. However, choosing a sunscreen from the wide array of lotions and sprays with various ingredients may be confusing, she noted. Most sunscreens on the market offer broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays, but SPF values ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Sunscreen, Prevention of Sunburn, Deeptan, Coppertone

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