Fall 2015 (Vol. 32, No. 4)

Perry Robins, MD

A Message from
the President

I still remember my patient’s distraught face when I broke the news. It was the mid-1960s, and I was a young dermatologist and Mohs surgeon at New York University Medical Center. I had just informed this elderly patient that she had skin cancer. When I told her it likely resulted from a lifetime of sun exposure, she was shocked. “Why wasn’t I told?” she lamented. “Why didn’t anyone tell us the sun isn’t good for you?”

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Sun & Skin News: Fall 2015 (Vol. 32, No. 4)

  • Skin Self Exam

    Know Your Skin, Save Your Life

    Here’s a lifesaving tip: Make a date with your skin once a month. Perform a skin self-exam from the crown of your head down to the soles of your feet. By familiarizing yourself with all of your skin’s birthmarks, sun spots, and moles, you will be more likely to detect any visible changes that could be warning signs of skin cancer.

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  • Skin Self Exam

    How to Perform a Skin Self-Exam

    What to look for and note: freckles, moles, birthmarks, bumps, sores, scabs, open bleeding areas, and scaly patches. Note any visible changes in size, shape and/or color. Record any spots you did not see on previous exams. The best rule is if you find any significant changes or new growths, see your physician (ideally a skin expert).
  • Tanning Diehards

    Tanning Diehards

    Indoor tanning rates are on the decline among men and women, according to a recent study published in JAMA Dermatology that analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey. While we applaud this progress, we’re concerned about one group that continues to cling to dangerous tanning habits: older men, who also have the highest rates of skin cancer. 

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  • Violetline Maori Wrasse

    Nature's Sunscreen

    If only we were so lucky. Fish living in the subtropical waters off of Australia’s coast produce their own sunscreen – a compound that protects their eyes and tissues against UVA and UVB rays. Scientists have recently discovered a way to use this substance.

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  • Justin Vujevich, MD

    Ask the Expert

    “I have a lot of moles on my body, and I understand that I should be regularly checking my skin to see if any of them might be dangerous. But I’m not exactly sure what to look for. How can I tell what mole might be a melanoma?Read More