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Can You Recognize the Signs of Skin Cancer?

Posted 13 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – With skin cancer the most common type of cancer in the United States, you should learn to spot its early signs, a cancer doctor says. "Early detection is key. When detected early, most skin cancers may be effectively treated and are often curable," said Dr. Jeffrey Farma, a surgical oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. "Individuals play an important role in early detection," Farma said in a center news release. "By being familiar with your own skin markings, like moles, freckles and blemishes, you're likely to notice any changes." His recommendation: Have your skin checked yearly by a physician or dermatologist, and check your own skin for signs of skin cancer by using a mirror every month. Using the ABCDE rule of skin cancer can help identify potential problems, including the most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma, he said. A for ... Read more

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More Summer Sun Equals More Greenland Ice Melt: Study

Posted 16 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – Decreasing cloud cover in summertime over the last 20 years is causing the Greenland ice sheet to melt much more rapidly, new research shows. British researchers analyzed data from earth-observing satellites and high-resolution climate models and found a consistent decrease in summer cloud cover since 1995. The resulting increase in summer sunshine allows more solar radiation to reach the Earth's surface and prompt more melting, they said. Since 1995, Greenland has lost about 4,000 gigatons of ice, which is the biggest single contributor to the rise in global sea levels, according to the authors of the study, published June 28 in the journal Science Advances. They said a 1 percent reduction in summer cloud cover is equivalent to 27 gigatons of extra ice melt on the Greenland ice sheet, about the same as the annual domestic water supply of the United States. ... Read more

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Protect Your Skin From the Summer Sun

Posted 1 day 13 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 – Lots of people like that sun-kissed look on their skin, but experts caution against any tanning at all. "There's no such thing as a healthy tan. Tanning is a sign of skin damage," said Dr. Ross Levy, chief of dermatology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. He explained that "sunlight contains ultraviolet rays that trigger changes in the DNA of skin cells. Most of the time the body's immune system tracks down these mutations and repairs them, but occasionally the damage is missed and skin cancer takes hold. The more sun you are exposed to, the greater your risk." To protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays, wear long-sleeve shirts, pants and a wide-brimmed hat. At the pool or beach, wear a swim shirt or rash guard that is rated for sun protection. Limit your time outdoors when the sun is directly overhead and its rays are strongest, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Basic Beach Safety

Posted 2 days 16 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- Make sure a day at the beach stays fun by taking precautions to keep the family safe. The American Red Cross advises: Only swim where there is a lifeguard. Never swim after drinking alcohol. Check local weather. Anyone who isn't a strong swimmer should wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. No other type of flotation device should be substituted. Never dive head first. Carefully supervise elderly people and young children, even in shallow water. Pay attention to any ocean animals and plants. Read more

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

Surf's Up! How to Plan for a Safe Beach Vacation

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, June 24, 2017 – Heading to the beach this summer? Make safety part of your vacation planning. Sun protection belongs at the top of your packing list. Must-haves include sunscreen, sunglasses, protective clothing and a hat, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Here are some of the agency's other recommendations: Don't use tanning beds to pre-tan before a beach vacation. The lamps emit harmful ultraviolet rays that can damage your skin. Also, be aware that spray tans and bronzers do not protect against UV rays. Make a list of medications you need to take, and get enough to last the trip. Keep your medicines with you when traveling. Also, carry a detailed list of what medicines you take and have your health care provider's contact information in case you need medical care while you're away. If you wear contact lenses, pack enough for the entire vacation. Don't forget to ... Read more

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Choosing the Right Sunglasses

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 – You might think of eye problems like cataracts as signs of old age, but one step you can take now will protect your vision for the future – and you can do it with style. We're talking about sunglasses. Your eyes need to be protected from the dangers of UV light the same way your skin does. And just like your skin, it's protection you need every day, not just when you're at the beach. Eye doctors recommend wearing your shades anytime you're outside, although they are extra important in summer and in winter on snowy terrain and at high altitudes. They're also a must any time you're on medication that increases sun sensitivity. Style aside, the most effective are large wraparound sunglasses that absorb 100 percent of UV rays, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. For durability and the best visibility, look for scratch-resistant polycarbonate ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Cataract, Sunburn, Sunscreen, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Deeptan, Coppertone

A Baby's Skin No Match for the Sun

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 – Want to help protect your children from skin cancer as they get older? Make sure they never get a serious sunburn in childhood. Just one blistering burn as a child or teen nearly doubles the risk of getting melanoma, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. "Sun protection is important at every stage of life, including infancy. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, including melanoma," said pediatric dermatologist Sheila Fallon Friedlander. She's a professor of pediatrics and dermatology at the University of California, San Diego. "Keep sun-safety items near the front door, in your car and in your diaper bag so that you always have them ready when you're on the go," Fallon Friedlander recommended in an American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) news release. Other tips from Fallon Friedlander and the AAD include: Dress your baby ... Read more

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Many Americans May Be Taking Too Much Vitamin D

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 – When it comes to vitamin D supplements, it's possible that Americans may be getting too much of a good thing, new research suggests. In 2014, just over 3 percent of U.S. adults took more than 4,000 international units (IUs) of the vitamin daily, exceeding the upper limits of what is considered safe, the researchers said. In 2007-2008, only 0.2 percent did that. For perspective, the recommended daily amount of vitamin D is only 600 IUs for adults aged 70 and younger. For those over 70, the recommendation is 800 IUs a day. "More may not always be better with vitamin D," said study author Mary Rooney, a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. "There's not much research on longer-term health outcomes on high-dose supplements," she said. But studies have hinted at potential harm, such as excess calcium in the blood, which can cause deposits ... Read more

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Time for Some Summer Sun Safety Tips

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, June 18, 2017 – Summer sun and warmer temps may provide plenty of play opportunities for kids, but they also mean parents need to be extra vigilant about preventing sunburns and other mishaps. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this advice: Sun safety through the ages Avoid sun exposure when possible for babies under 6 months old. Look for shade and dress your child in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats with brims if you can. Sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15 can be applied to limited areas of the baby's body, such as the face and back of the hands. Cool compresses can be helpful if a baby develops a sunburn. For older children, the best way to prevent sun damage is also to avoid exposure. Shade is helpful, and so is limiting exposure during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the likelihood of sunburn is especially high. ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Applying Sunscreen on Children

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Sunscreen can help protect kids from the sun's harmful rays, but only if it's applied correctly. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises: Choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and up to 50. Use a zinc oxide or titanium dioxide sunscreen for the face, shoulders, ears and other sensitive areas. Applying sunscreen liberally, making sure to completely cover the body, including backs of the knees, hands, feet, ears, face and nose. Applying sunscreen about 30 minutes before heading outside so it has time to absorb. Applying sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days. Applying sunscreen at least every two hours, and possibly more often after swimming or sweating. Read more

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

Have Scientists Created a Safe, Sun-Free Tan?

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – Many people would love to have a natural-looking golden tan, but know that soaking up the sun raises their risk of skin cancer. Now scientists say they've developed a way to tan without exposure to damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation. In laboratory tests, the researchers used the technique to increase pigmentation in human skin samples. And while science done at this early stage sometimes doesn't pan out in humans, the researchers remain hopeful. "The activation of the tanning/pigmentation pathway by this new class of small molecules is physiologically identical to UV-induced pigmentation without the DNA-damaging effects of UV," study leader Dr. David Fisher said in a Massachusetts General Hospital news release. Fisher is chief of dermatology at the hospital in Boston. "We need to conduct safety studies, which are always essential with potential new treatment ... Read more

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Stay Safe as Summer Temps Soar

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 12, 2017 – As the first major heat wave of the season has much of the eastern United States sizzling, people need to take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, an emergency doctor says. Hot temperatures and high humidity are likely from the shores of New England through the Great Plains. Temperatures could reach into the 90s for days, according to The Weather Channel. In some areas, record high temperatures set in the 1800s could be broken, USA Today reported. "It's vital to drink plenty of cool fluids, and stay out of the sun during the mid-part of the day [10 a.m. to 2 p.m.] when the sun is typically the strongest," said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Try to reduce exertion when the heat index climbs – conserve your energy," he recommended. "If you will be exercising in the heat for under one hour, make sure you ... Read more

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

With Summer Sun Comes Heightened Skin Cancer Risk

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, June 11, 2017 – Summer beckons, and with those sunny skies comes a warning to protect yourself from skin cancer. "Skin cancer, like all types of cancer, is capable of destroying healthy tissue and spreading to distant body sites," said Dr. C. Blake Phillips, a fellow in the University of Alabama at Birmingham department of dermatology. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's important to take steps to prevent it and to recognize the early signs. "If undetected or untreated, skin cancers lead to loss of vital functions or death. It is important to keep an eye on your skin and watch for changes that could be a sign of skin cancer," Phillips added. Most skin cancers occur due to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or other sources, such as tanning beds, said Phillips. To ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Stay Safe During Summer

Posted 31 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A few basic summer safety tips can help protect your family all summer long. Here's advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: When on or near water, everyone should wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. Wear a hat with a wide brim, and use sunscreen any time you are outside. Even if you're not thirsty, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Apply insect repellent before you go outdoors. Wash your hands frequently. Read more

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

Sunscreen 101

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – Many people make mistakes when using sunscreen that could increase their risk of skin cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers set up free sunscreen dispensers at the Minnesota State Fair and watched as nearly 2,200 people used them. The researchers found that only 33 percent of people applied sunscreen to all exposed skin. Only 38 percent were wearing sun-protective clothing, hats or sunglasses. Also, use of the free sunscreen dispensers fell sharply on cloudy days, the researchers reported. The study was published online May 16 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. "These results highlight some of the ways people use sunscreen incorrectly," study author Dr. Ingrid Polcari said in a journal news release. She is an assistant professor in the department of dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. "To get the best possible sun ... Read more

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