Chances are your approach to sun protection has changed in recent years. Thanks to organizations like The Skin Cancer Foundation and our allies in the media who help spread our message, public awareness about skin cancer is at an all-time high. I was struck by this shift as I read through magazines that once promoted tanning oils and are now filling their pages with boundless sunscreen options and cautioning against skin cancer.
Millions of Americans are affected by skin cancer, but millions more are battling skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and melasma. Although bothersome, these conditions are usually harmless and manageable through ongoing treatment. In dealing with my own bout of melasma, I got to thinking — can these skin problems make it harder to spot a potential skin cancer?
Today we’re featuring a guest post written by Skin Cancer Foundation President, Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD.
Wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation are inevitable skin woes that often appear as we age. While we like to place blame on getting another year older, the main culprit is photoaging — damage to the skin caused by exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet (UV) light. Responsible for 90 percent of visible changes to the skin, photoaging is a direct result of cumulative sun damage you’ve been exposed to throughout your life.
Some of your favorite serums and creams could be increasing your sun sensitivity without you even knowing.
As we get ready to announce our 2018 Media Award winner, we caught up with past recipient Jenna Rosenstein, who won for her article highlighting indoor tanning on campuses. Two years later, the impact of the article is still reverberating and remains an important topic of conversation.
An Emmy Award winner, Jerry Penacoli has covered many of Extra’s high-profile and exclusive interviews, such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and President Obama. Through all the glitz and glam of the entertainment world, Jerry’s melanoma diagnosis was a shocking reality check.