Tag Archives: skin cancer

Investigative report: Tanning-salon business built on deception

ABC World News reported, “Here’s a surprising fact we learned. There are more tanning salons in America than there are Starbucks. It is a huge, booming business. But some members of Congress warned today that it is also built on … Continue reading

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Drinking coffee associated with decreased skin cancer risk

The Los Angeles Times reports that according to research presented at the American Association for Cancer Research International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, “drinking coffee was associated with decreased risk of a common and slow-growing form of skin cancer … Continue reading

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Tanning bed use linked to increased skin cancer risk

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that “the more you use a tanning bed, the higher your risk of deadly skin cancers, according to research presented at” the AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research.

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New guidelines for sunscreen

The Food and Drug Administration’s long-awaited announcement of significant changes to sunscreen labeling was widely reported both by television and print media. The changes will empower us, as consumers, to make better decisions in choosing a product to prevent sun damage … Continue reading

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AMA, other medical groups urge states to ban children under 18 from tanning salons

USA Today reports, “Since 1992, rates of melanoma – once considered an old person’s disease – have risen 3% a year in white women ages 15 to 39, according to the American Cancer Society.” Alarmingly, many young women who are developing … Continue reading

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How Much Sunlight Is Equivalent to Vitamin D Supplementation?

Readers of this blog are well aware than many (if not most) Americans have insufficient to deficient levels of vitamin D. Other than prescribing oral vitamin D or vitamin D-containing foods, we doctors were left with prescribing a little sunshine. … Continue reading

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Indoor Tanning Poses Melanoma Risk; There Are NO Safe Devices

Indoor tanning increases the risk for melanoma and should be avoided, according to investigators of a new case–control study from the state of Minnesota.

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Study: Tanning-bed use triples melanoma risk

USA Today reports that “people who have ever used tanning machines were…more likely to develop melanoma than others, according to a study” published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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No evidence sunscreen use promotes skin cancer

On the NBC Nightly News (May 25, 2010), NBC medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman, MD, discussed sunscreen use, disputing a charge made by an environmental group that sunscreens containing vitamin A may increase the chance of developing skin cancer. After pointing … Continue reading

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Time to Remind Teens About Sun Protection

With summer fast approaching, it’s time to remind your children and teens about the importance of sun protection. “Even one blistering sunburn can increase your risk of skin cancer. As few as five sunburns can double your risk of skin … Continue reading

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One-third of young people who use tanning beds may be addicted to the behavior

The Los Angeles Times reports that, according to a study published in the Archives of Dermatology, “as many as a third of young people who use tanning beds may be addicted to the behavior.”

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Researchers say tanning beds cause cancer and are as risky as tobacco or asbestos

The CBS Evening News reported, on July 28, that, according to a paper published online July 29 in The Lancet Oncology, tanning beds may “pose as big a risk as tobacco and asbestos.” Whoa!!! That’s a statement that got my … Continue reading

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About one-third of people unwisely don’t wear sunscreen. Should you?

Absolutely! Sun exposure can cause sunburn, wrinkles, age spots, and contribute to skin cancer. But despite that, 31% of Americans say they NEVER wear sunscreen, even if they are outside for more than four hours. Say it ain’t so, Joe. … Continue reading

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Moisturizers Up Skin Cancer in Mice. So what?

WebMD Health News is reporting that four commonly used moisturizers promoted skin cancers in mouse studies. The moisturizers tested in the study were Dermabase, Dermovan (a wholesale-only product discontinued in 2006), Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream, and Vanicream. My Take?

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