Screening/Prevention Melanoma

Greater Cancer Risk Among Taller Women (07-28-2011)

Taller women may have an increased risk of developing certain cancers. Overall, cancer risk increases by 16% for every 4-inch increase in height. These findings were recently reported in Lancet Oncology. Greater insight into height and cancer risk may... Continue Reading

Sunscreen Use More Common Among Certain Latinos (07-26-2011)

Among Latinos, length of residence in the United States and knowledge of the English language appear to influence sun-safety behaviors. In particular, longer-term residents who speak better English are more likely to wear sunscreen. These findings were... Continue Reading

Physician-Based Skin Cancer Screening Detects Thinner Melanomas (07-21-2011)

Compared with melanomas detected by patients themselves, melanomas detected through physician-based screening tend to be thinner and to have better prognostic features. These results were published in the Archives of Dermatology. Skin cancer is the most... Continue Reading

Stay on Top of Your Family History of Cancer (07-15-2011)

People who are at high risk of cancer as a result of their family history may be advised to undergo earlier or more intensive cancer screening. Because family history of cancer can change over time, it’s important to update this information periodically... Continue Reading

Vitamin D and Calcium May Reduce Melanoma Risk in High-Risk Women (06-30-2011)

Among women with a history of non-melanoma skin cancer (such as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma), vitamin D and calcium supplements may reduce the risk of melanoma. These results were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Of the... Continue Reading

Many Young Women Continue to Tan (05-6-2011)

According to a survey by the American Academy of Dermatology, use of tanning beds remains a common practice among young, white women. Intentional outdoor tanning was also widely reported. Sun exposure has long been linked with skin cancer, and a growing... Continue Reading

Fewer Lung Cancer Deaths Among Women (04-11-2011)

The lung cancer death rate among women appears to be declining for the first time in 40 years, according to an annual report published by multiple institutions. Findings from the report were recently released in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. A... Continue Reading

Wealthy Women at Higher Risk of Melanoma (04-6-2011)

It appears that wealthier White women may be at a higher risk of melanoma than less affluent women. These findings were recently published in the Archives of Dermatology. Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer. Each year in the United States,... Continue Reading

Call to Outlaw Tanning Bed Use Among Teens (03-16-2011)

The American Academy of Pediatrics has called to legally ban tanning bed use among children and teenagers, citing the increased risk of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers associated with artificial tanning. The American Academy of Pediatrics’... Continue Reading

Many Daily Moisturizers with Sunscreen Offer Little UVA Protection (01-19-2011)

According to a study published in the Archives of Dermatology, few daily moisturizers with sunscreen provide adequate protection against ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation. Ultraviolet radiation is often divided into three types: UVA, UVB, and UVC. Although... Continue Reading

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