Medical Review By: Ted Schiff, MD When you examine your feet, you’re probably more concerned about dry heels or nail problems than melanoma. After all, melanoma usually occurs in parts of the body that get a lot of sun exposure. But foot melanoma — the skin cancer that killed reggae star Bob Marley — is real.
Medical Review By: Alissa O’Brien, MD Whether you’re in your 30s, 20s or teens, chances are you think of skin cancer as a vague and distant threat, if you think of it at all. But the statistics may surprise you. It’s true that melanoma, which can be fatal, is most often seen in older
Men, especially those with lighter skin, are more likely than women to get skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest kind. They’re also much more likely to die of melanoma. Regular use of sunscreen reduces the risk of developing skin cancer by up to 50 percent. It also helps fend off wrinkles, age spots and leathery, weathered
If you’re diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma, there’s a good chance your dermatologist will recommend Mohs surgery. In this technique, the surgeon removes cancerous tissue in stages, one layer at a time, until no more cancer remains. Besides offering a significantly higher cure rate than traditional skin cancer surgery, Mohs limits
If you have a mole, skin growth, skin lesion or dark spot that begins to itch, don’t panic — but do pay attention. Most moles are harmless, and itching could be the result of irritation from clothing, or even a new detergent. But any itchy mole, growth or wound could also be a symptom of
With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about sun safety. Skin cancer is common — in fact, it’s the most common cancer in the United States — yet according to a new survey from the American Academy of Dermatology, only 41 percent of Americans surveyed said they regularly protect themselves from the
The fun and sun of summer is knocking at the door, but so is the deadliest result of too much sun – melanoma. That’s why catching and treating it early is the key to battling and even curing melanoma. Melanoma is tricky. It can start on the surface of the skin, under a nail or
Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer? Approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. That means approximately one in five Americans develop skin cancer. While melanoma is not the most common type of skin cancer, it is the most dangerous. It is responsible for 10,000
A new study reported by CNN found that men are dying at a higher rate than women from melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer. Dr. Dorothy Yang who led the study at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust stated, “Over the past 30 years, mortality trends (for melanoma) have increased in most countries.
Did you know that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime? Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and when caught early, it is also the most treatable. For those who work outside or participate in regular outdoor activities, covering up and choosing the right sunscreen can help prevent