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. When you expose your unprotected skin to UV radiation from the sun, DNA damage starts in skin cells […]
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.
Certain types of skin are at greater risk for developing sun damage and skin cancer. Do you know your skin type?
Early detection of skin cancer can save your skin and, in some cases, even your life. Watch for these clues, and if something doesn’t heal, is growing or just doesn’t seem right, see a dermatologist right away.
Firefighters risk their lives running into burning buildings, but the menace doesn’t come just from the fire. They may face an increased risk for developing melanoma, the most dangerous of the three most common types of skin cancer.