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Marriage Means 'I Do' for Skin Cancer Detection

Posted 22 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 – A walk down the aisle may be a healthy step to better skin cancer detection. New research shows that simply by being married, people increase their odds that a melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer – will be spotted early, when it's most treatable. The reason? A husband or wife may help "by assisting in identification of pigmented lesions that may have ...

Task Force Issues Stronger Skin Cancer Prevention Guidelines

Posted 20 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 – Doctors should start early with skin cancer prevention advice when their patients are light-skinned, suggests new guidelines that bump that starting point back to the age of 6 months. This recommendation, from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, updates a 2012 recommendation that advised doctors not begin this education until children reached the age of 10. ...

Defense Against Skin Cancer May Live on Your Skin

Posted 28 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 – Bacteria that commonly live on your skin's surface just might be protecting you from cancer. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, said that one particular strain of bacteria appears to help ward off skin cancer by suppressing the spread of tumor cells triggered by over-exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. The new research, based on studies ...

Why Some Are Still Skeptical of Tanning Bed Risks

Posted 25 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – The health risks are high for young people who use tanning beds, but not all parents seem to see it that way. To figure out why that is, researchers polled more than 1,200 parents of U.S. kids aged 11 to 17 years. The investigators found that parents who are less likely to believe that indoor tanning is harmful for teens include: Fathers. Parents who'd used indoor ...

Obesity May Give Men With Melanoma a Survival Advantage

Posted 15 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Obese men with advanced melanoma skin cancer seem to have a survival benefit over their slimmer peers, a new study suggests. Among men who received treatment for the potentially deadly cancer, obese patients lived an average of 47 percent longer than those with a healthy body weight, researchers found. For women, however, weight did not affect survival, according to the ...

It May Be Winter, But Keep That Sunscreen Handy

Posted 11 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Feb. 10, 2018 – Just because it's not summer doesn't mean you're safe from sun-related skin damage. "The highest level of concern is usually during the summer months, but sun damage can occur year-round, even on cloudy or rainy days," said dermatologist Dr. Sarah Taylor, an assistant professor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. "In fact, many people don't ...

Melanoma Rates Rising for Boomers, Falling Among Young

Posted 5 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 – It looks like public health efforts to warn younger Americans about the dangers of tanning beds and sun exposure are paying off. Rates of the deadly skin cancer known as melanoma have dropped among Americans aged 15 to 44, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. Unfortunately, baby boomers who baked themselves in baby oil during their ...

Health Tip: Perform Regular Skin Checks

Posted 15 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Many skin cancers can be found early if you perform regular skin checks at home, the American Cancer Society says. The best time to do a monthly exam is right after a bath or shower. You should check for any new or changed moles, blemishes or birthmarks. Here are the Cancer Society's suggestions for performing a skin check: Face a mirror and check your face, ears, neck, chest and belly. Women ...

Ozone Hole Smaller Thanks to Decades-Old Chemical Ban: Study

Posted 9 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 – NASA scientists say they have satellite evidence that the international ban on chlorine-containing chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has helped heal the massive hole that was chewed in the Earth's protective ozone layer. There now is roughly 20 percent less ozone depletion during the Antarctic winter than in 2005, a new study reports. "We see very clearly that ...

Ozone Hole Smaller Thanks to Decades-Old Chemical Ban: Study

Posted 9 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 – NASA scientists say they have satellite evidence that the international ban on chlorine-containing chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has helped heal the massive hole that was chewed in the Earth's protective ozone layer. There now is roughly 20 percent less ozone depletion during the Antarctic winter than in 2005, a new study reports. "We see very clearly that ...

5-FU Cream May Help Stop Skin Cancer's Return

Posted 5 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 – For people who've battled certain common forms of skin cancer, use of a generic cream called 5-FU may greatly reduce the odds that the disease will come back, new research shows. The study tracked outcomes for just over 930 U.S. veterans who averaged 70 years of age. All had already been diagnosed with a minimum of two basal cell carcinomas and/or squamous cell carcinomas. ...

Obamacare Helped More Americans Spot Cancer Early

Posted 22 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 – Obamacare has likely saved lives by increasing the number of cancers caught at an early stage, a new study suggests. States that participate in the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid have experienced an increase in overall cancer diagnoses, particularly early stage diagnoses, compared with states that rejected expansion, researchers found. "It's been ...

Firefighters May Face Higher Odds for Skin Cancer

Posted 13 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – Exposure to firefighting chemicals may be one reason why Florida firefighters have a higher-than-normal rate of skin cancer, a new study suggests. The researchers analyzed data from almost 2,400 firefighters statewide who'd participated in a cancer survey. They found that 4.5 percent – 109 firefighters – had been diagnosed with skin cancer. That included 17 cases of ...

Woman's Selfie of Skin Cancer Went Viral, Sparked Awareness

Posted 13 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – You don't have to be famous for your public health message to reach millions. A new case study describes how Tawny Dzierzek, a young nurse from Kentucky, posted a startling selfie on social media in April 2015, shortly after she had a skin cancer treatment. Dzierzek was a regular user of tanning beds in her youth. She was diagnosed with skin cancer at age 21. By the ...

How to Do a Skin Cancer Body Check

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – Every year, about 5 million Americans are treated for skin cancer – an abnormal growth of skin cells that most often develops on areas exposed to the sun. You can spot early signs by regularly checking your skin for changes. Everyone is susceptible to skin cancer. However, people who have light skin that burns easily, red hair, and/or blue eyes have a higher risk. ...

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