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