You need sun protection as much as you need vitamin D. You can have both, without skin damage or nutritional deficiency. A dermatologist tells you how.
Our authors’ recent research shows that melanoma in situ, the earliest form of the disease, is on the rise, especially among young men. Here’s why this is bad news and good news, and what everyone (not just the men) needs to know to stay ahead of it.
Dermatologists have been evaluating patients with tattoos for decades, and they have never found an increased prevalence of skin cancer in those individuals. The same is true for patients who have already had melanoma or another form of skin cancer — the inks used in tattoos have not been shown to increase their risk of […]
Why do some people seem to be resistant to skin cancer, while many of us (who regularly visit SkinCancer.org) seem prone to it? Turns out there’s a gene that’s at least partially responsible, according to a 2016 study.
Reading a sunscreen label shouldn’t be like deciphering a foreign language. But a 2015 study in JAMA Dermatology found that many people don’t understand how to read a sunscreen label or how the product protects the skin. Only 43 percent of survey respondents understood the meaning of an SPF value. Given these findings, we considered it a good time to brush up on sunscreen basics.
All melanomas are associated with an initial tumor, but sometimes the location is difficult to ascertain.
While skin cancers are less commonly diagnosed in areas that are normally shielded from the sun, they can and do develop there.