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14 Apr

Should Indoor Tanning Beds Be Banned For Teens?

A universal ban on indoor tanning for teens would prevent more than 15,000 cases of deadly melanoma, researchers say.

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27 Aug
Don't Forget to Apply Sunscreen Before & After Water Fun

Don't Forget to Apply Sunscreen Before & After Water Fun

If you're at the beach or pool, applying sunscreen before and after you've been in the water is a must, a cancer specialist says.

The intensity of exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays "is higher under water than it is above water," said Dr. Arun Mavanur. He is a sur...

11 Aug
One Key Question Can Help Spot Skin Cancer

One Key Question Can Help Spot Skin Cancer

When a suspicious skin lesion sends you scurrying to a dermatologist, asking for a full-body skin check could save your life.

Dermatologists are twice as likely to find skin cancer with a full-body check, a new study reveals. More than half of the skin cancers discovere...

01 Aug
Take This Refresher on Skin Safety in Summer Sun

Take This Refresher on Skin Safety in Summer Sun

Sun protection is essential as you enjoy the outdoors this summer, a skin expert stresses.

"Skin cancer is the most common cancer in humans so it's important that we do what we can to protect ourselves," Dr. Ida Orengo, a professor of dermatology at Baylor College of Med...

31 Jul
All Sunglasses Not Equal When it Comes to Eye Protection

All Sunglasses Not Equal When it Comes to Eye Protection

Sunglasses are often considered a fashion statement, but one expert says the style you choose is less important than picking a pair of shades that best protect your eyes from the sun's damaging rays.

"Wearing sunglasses without 100% UV protection is actually a serious he...

05 Jul
Too Little Sunlight, Vitamin D May Raise Colon Cancer Risk

Too Little Sunlight, Vitamin D May Raise Colon Cancer Risk

New research finds that countries with more cloudy days tend to have higher colon cancer rates. Lower levels of vitamin D, the "sunshine vitamin," may be to blame.

So, boosting your vitamin D levels through exposure to sunlight could help reduce your risk of colon cancer...

03 Jul
Shining a Light on Sunscreens

Shining a Light on Sunscreens

Sunscreen isn't just for pool gatherings and beach outings: Using sunscreen every day could reduce your risk of skin cancer, experts say.

Daily use of at least an SPF 15 sunscreen can lower your risk of melanoma -- the deadliest type of skin cancer -- by 50%, according t...

18 Jun
Many 'High-Risk' Americans Unconcerned About Skin Cancer: Poll

Many 'High-Risk' Americans Unconcerned About Skin Cancer: Poll

It's long been known the sun's rays can cause skin cancer.

But a new poll shows that only about 30% of American adults say they're concerned about developing skin cancer -- even though nearly 70% have at least one risk factor for the disease.

The American Academy o...

28 May
Many Americans Confused About Sunscreens: Poll

Many Americans Confused About Sunscreens: Poll

Think you know all you need to know about slathering on the sunscreen this summer?

Maybe you don't.

As the Memorial Day weekend begins, many Americans are confused about the proper application of sunscreen and about its sun protection factor (SPF), the American Aca...

04 May
Many Americans Wrong About Sun's Skin Cancer Dangers: Poll

Many Americans Wrong About Sun's Skin Cancer Dangers: Poll

You might think everybody knows how to protect themselves from the sun's harmful rays, but a new survey reveals that one-third of Americans lack a basic understanding of sun safety and skin cancer.

That's the surprising takeaway from an American Academy of Dermatology (A...

14 Apr
Teen Tanning Bed Ban Would Prevent Thousands of U.S. Melanoma Cases

Teen Tanning Bed Ban Would Prevent Thousands of U.S. Melanoma Cases

A U.S.-wide ban on teen use of tanning beds would prevent thousands of cases of skin cancer and save millions in health care costs, researchers say.

Indoor tanning has been linked to an increased risk of melanoma -- the deadliest type of skin cancer -- and the highest ri...

12 Apr
Could Widely Used Blood Pressure Meds Raise Skin Cancer Risk?

Could Widely Used Blood Pressure Meds Raise Skin Cancer Risk?

Most people are familiar with common sun-protection advice, from wearing and reapplying sunscreen to putting on a hat.

But a new Canadian study finds that for people who take certain blood pressure medications, that advice becomes even more critical because those drugs c...

09 Apr
Bright Side: Sunnier Areas Have Lower COVID-19 Death Rates

Bright Side: Sunnier Areas Have Lower COVID-19 Death Rates

COVID-19 might have a tough new foe: The sun.

New research shows that sunnier regions of the United States have lower COVID-19 death rates than cloudier areas, suggesting that the sun's UV rays might somehow provide some protection against the disease.

The effect i...

17 Feb
What Causes Herpes Cold Sore Flare-Ups? New Study Offers Clues

What Causes Herpes Cold Sore Flare-Ups? New Study Offers Clues

Scientists may have discovered why cold sores caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV) are triggered by stress, illness and sunburn.

The finding could lead to new ways to prevent recurring cold sores and herpes-related eye disease, U.S. and British researchers say.

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02 Feb
Could Working Outside Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

Could Working Outside Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

The great outdoors can soothe the soul, but new research suggests that working outside might also guard against breast cancer.

The study wasn't designed to say how working outside affects chances of developing breast cancer, but vitamin D exposure may be the driving forc...

24 Dec
Even Winter Carries Skin Cancer Risks for College Students

Even Winter Carries Skin Cancer Risks for College Students

Researchers from two universities in Utah have a warning for students planning to hit the slopes or play in the snow without sunscreen: You could greatly increase your risk of skin cancer.

A survey of students by Brigham Young University College of Nursing in Provo found...

04 Dec
Could Tanning Raise a Woman's Odds for Endometriosis?

Could Tanning Raise a Woman's Odds for Endometriosis?

Young women who regularly visit tanning salons may have an increased risk of developing endometriosis, a new study suggests.

Researchers said the findings, from a large study of U.S. women, don't prove that tanning beds help cause the painful pelvic condition.

But,...

30 May
Protect Yourself From Sun to Prevent Skin Cancer

Protect Yourself From Sun to Prevent Skin Cancer

Headed to the beach or park for a little fresh air? Don't forget your sun protection, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) advises.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, affecting one in five Americans, but many don't protect themselves fr...

25 May
As Summer Starts, Sun Safety Slashes Skin Cancer Risk

As Summer Starts, Sun Safety Slashes Skin Cancer Risk

With many beaches and parks opening in time for Memorial Day, the American Cancer Society is reminding people to practice sun safety.

Overexposing yourself to the sun increases your risk for skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the United States, with almo...

02 May
Shun the Sun to Prevent Skin Cancer

Shun the Sun to Prevent Skin Cancer

Though most Americans are well aware that protecting themselves from sunburn is important, many don't take precautions, a new survey finds.

Protecting yourself from exposure to sunlight is the best way of preventing skin cancer, according to the American Academy of ...

24 Mar
Indoor Athletes Often Lacking in Vitamin D

Indoor Athletes Often Lacking in Vitamin D

Indoor athletes may be vitamin D-deficient, putting themselves at risk of injury and poor performance, a small study finds.

Researchers assessed vitamin D levels in players on George Mason University's men's and women's basketball teams. For the 2018-2019 season, pla...

21 Jan
Sunscreen Chemicals Absorbed Into Body, Study Finds

Sunscreen Chemicals Absorbed Into Body, Study Finds

The chemicals in sunscreens help shield people from the sun's rays, but they are also absorbed into the body at levels that raise some safety questions, a new study confirms.

The study, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is a follow-up to a 2019 investig...

23 Dec
Despite Danger, Tanning Beds Still a Fixture in Many Gyms

Despite Danger, Tanning Beds Still a Fixture in Many Gyms

Widely condemned for driving up skin cancer risk, tanning beds remain common in that shrine to healthy living: gyms.

That's the finding from a study of tanning beds in three of America's six largest gym chains: Anytime Fitness, Planet Fitness and Gold's Gym.

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09 Oct
Head, Neck Melanomas Show Alarming Rise in Young Americans

Head, Neck Melanomas Show Alarming Rise in Young Americans

Cases of deadly melanomas on the head and neck rose more than 51% over two decades among young people in the United States and Canada, a new study reports.

Researchers found that the incidence of head and neck melanoma rose nearly 4% a year from 1995 to 2001,...

05 Jul
How Protect Against Short- and Long-Term Sun Damage

How Protect Against Short- and Long-Term Sun Damage

Don't invite skin cancer to your holiday weekend.

As you celebrate America's independence at beaches, pools or backyard parties, remember that the sun's damaging rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. -- and protecting yourself is a must.

"When it comes ...

18 Jun
Why Do Young Women Get Addicted to Indoor Tanning?

Why Do Young Women Get Addicted to Indoor Tanning?

A combination of depression and genetic risk may fuel an addiction to indoor tanning.

That's the conclusion of a new study out of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C.

For the study, researchers surveyed nearly 300 women who u...

12 Jun
Scared Safe: Pics of Sun's Damage to Face Boost Sunscreen Use

Scared Safe: Pics of Sun's Damage to Face Boost Sunscreen Use

When all else fails, fear may motivate people to protect themselves from the sun.

Researchers found that a photo of a mole being removed and visuals of skin damage did the trick.

Study volunteers were shown photos taken using a VISIA UV camera system. Thes...

06 Jun
Guard Your Skin Against the Summer Sun

Guard Your Skin Against the Summer Sun

Whether you're at the beach, the park or a pool this summer, be sure to protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to the sun's ultraviolet ...

21 May
Are DIY Sunscreens Dangerous?

Are DIY Sunscreens Dangerous?

Interest in homemade sunscreens is hot, but many of these do-it-yourself brews lack effective sun protection, a new study warns.

Researchers found that only about one-third of homemade sunscreens on the popular information-sharing website Pinterest specified how much...

21 May
Mustaches Are More Than Just Manly, They Guard Against Sun's Rays

Mustaches Are More Than Just Manly, They Guard Against Sun's Rays

For all of those men who view a mustache as a largely ornamental addition to their masculine appearance, a new study reveals it can also guard against lip cancer.

"Mustaches seem to protect the lip the same way that hair protects the scal...

14 May
Young, and Learning Too Late That Sun Safety Matters

Young, and Learning Too Late That Sun Safety Matters

The pain Sara Langill felt in her right hip didn't concern her much, until she felt a lump as she massaged tendons near her hip flexors following a soccer game.

"I felt this thing that felt like a rubbery grape," recalls Langill, 33. Thinking it might be a hernia, sh...

10 May
Cover Up! Don't Soak Up Those Sun Rays

Cover Up! Don't Soak Up Those Sun Rays

Only half of Americans routinely protect themselves from the sun when outdoors, a recent American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) survey found.

Those who don't practice sun safety put themselves at increased risk for skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the U...

06 May
Sunscreen Chemicals Enter Bloodstream at Potentially Unsafe Levels:  Study

Sunscreen Chemicals Enter Bloodstream at Potentially Unsafe Levels: Study

For years, you've been urged to slather on sunscreen before venturing outdoors. But new U.S. Food and Drug Administration data reveals chemicals in sunscreens are absorbed into the human body at levels high enough to raise concerns about potentially toxic effects.

B...

22 Apr
How to Avoid Skin Problems When You Garden

How to Avoid Skin Problems When You Garden

As you dig into gardening this spring, be sure you don't plant the seeds of skin problems, an expert advises.

"Adverse skin reactions from gardening are very common and may include bug bites and stings, plant-induced rashes, and cuts and infections," said Dr. Sonya K...

11 Apr
Sunscreen's Secret Bonus: It Could Help Keep You Cool

Sunscreen's Secret Bonus: It Could Help Keep You Cool

Sunscreen may do double duty when you're outside on a summer day, keeping you cool as it protects your skin from the sun's harmful rays.

New research suggests how: When unprotected skin is exposed to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays, skin cells typically see a drop in...

03 Apr
When Using Moisturizers With Sunscreen, Don't Miss Around the Eyes

When Using Moisturizers With Sunscreen, Don't Miss Around the Eyes

Even though many moisturizers now contain sunscreens, people may not put them on their faces as carefully as they do sunscreen lotions, new research suggests.

"Moisturizer is not as well applied as sunscreen," said lead author Kevin Hamill, a lecturer in eye and visi...

21 Feb
FDA Aims to Strengthen Sunscreen Rules

FDA Aims to Strengthen Sunscreen Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took steps Thursday to tighten regulation of over-the-counter sunscreen products.

Included in the proposed rule are updates on sunscreen safety, sun protection factor (SPF) requirements, and the effectiveness of insect repellent/...

11 Jan
Make Cancer Prevention a Priority in 2019

Make Cancer Prevention a Priority in 2019

If one of your resolutions for 2019 is to improve your health, reducing your risk of cancer should be part of that goal, a cancer expert says.

While cancer risk factors such as family history and aging can't be controlled, lifestyle changes such as eating right, stay...

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